Daft question about W/S button

beaRS

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OK, This might seem like a daft question, because I'm sure that mose MB owners know the answer to this already.

What does the W/S switch next to the auto shifter on my CLK do. I'm guessing its for switching the shifting program of the auto, but I cannot really feel any difference whether its set on 'W' or in 'S'. What does the W and the S stand for?

If anyone could put me out of my misery it would be appreciated.
 

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It's the 'Winter/Summer' switch.

W pulls away in second gear and changes up a bit earlier. It's supposed to reduce the chance of losing traction on wet or icy roads.
 

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OK, This might seem like a daft question, because I'm sure that mose MB owners know the answer to this already.

What does the W/S switch next to the auto shifter on my CLK do. I'm guessing its for switching the shifting program of the auto, but I cannot really feel any difference whether its set on 'W' or in 'S'. What does the W and the S stand for?

If anyone could put me out of my misery it would be appreciated.
If you did a search this has been discussed many times.

W = Winter or Economy setting - sometimes marked C

This starts the car in Second Gear and changes up Earlier. Useful for snow and other similar conditions to reduce wheel-spin.

S = Summer or Sports setting

This is normal gear changes and is where you should leave it in my opinion. It changes up Later and at higher revs than W/C

Edit - You beat me to it Stratman.:D
 

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If you can't notice the difference, it may not be working! Seems that a 'sticky' switch is a fairly common happening - do a search in the forum and see what you find.
 
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beaRS

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Thanks all.

I'll take it out of 'W' and leave it in 'S' now.

If I can't feel a difference, I'll have to get that switch seen to.
 

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To test it put it in S then pull the stick back to 1 and it should change down a gear.
You should feel it change when you fick the switch in either N or D selections.

It takes 10 minutes to sort the switch out. Let us know if you are going to do it yourself as there is a thread on this by me.

HERE
 
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Also if you are on an incline, the car will roll back in S, but will hold in W.
 

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