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Mercedes-Benz S-CLASS SEDAN 2023 Loading The Vehicle User Manual

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Notes on Tire and Loading Information placard

WARNING
The risk of accidents from overloaded tires may overheat and burst as a consequence. Overloaded tires can also impair the steering and handling characteristics and lead to brake failure.

  • Observe the load rating of the tires.
  • The load rating must be at least half the permissible axle load of the vehicle.
  • Never overload the tires by exceeding the maximum load.

The Tire and Loading Information placard is on the B-pillar on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

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  1. Tire and Loading Information placard

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  • The data shown in the illustration is example data.
    The Tire and Loading Information placard shows the following information:
  • Maximum number of seats 2 according to the maximum number of people permitted to travel in the vehicle.
  • R Maximum permissible load 3 comprises the gross weight of all vehicle occupants, load, and luggage.
  • Recommended tire pressure 1 for cold tires. The recommended tire pressures are valid for the maximum permissible load and up to the maximum permissible vehicle speed. Please also note:
  • Information on permissible weights and loads on the vehicle identification plate (/ page 476).
  • Information on tire pressure in the tire pressure table (/ page 447).

Further related subjects:

  • Determining the maximum permissible load (/ page 452)
  • Notes on tire pressure (/ page 446).

Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit

The following steps have been developed as required of all manufacturers under Title 49, Code of U.S. Federal Regulations, Part 575, pursuant to the “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966”.

  • Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.” on your vehicle’s placard.
  • Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
  • Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kg or XXX lbs.
  • The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount equals 1,400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load capacity is 650 lbs. (1,400 – 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs.
  • Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step 4. gage and cargo being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in Step
  • If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, the load from your trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle . Towing a trailer is only permitted if a trailer hitch is installed. Please consult an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer if you have any questions about towing a trailer with your vehicle.

Even if you have calculated the total load carefully, you should still make sure that the maximum permissible gross weight and the maximum gross axle weight rating of your vehicle are not exceeded. Details can be found on the vehicle identification plate.

Step 1
Combined maximum weight of occupants and load (data from the Tire and Loading Information placard)

  • Have your loaded vehicle
  • including driver, occupants, and load
  • weighed on a vehicle weighbridge.
    The measured values may not exceed the maximum permissible values stated on the vehicle identification plate.

Further related subjects:

  • Calculation example for determining the maximum load (/ page 453)
  • Tire and Loading Information placard (/ page 451)
  • Tire pressure table (/ page 447)
  • Vehicle identification plate (/ page 476)

Calculation example for determining the maximum load

The following table shows examples of how to calculate total and load capacities with varying seating configurations and different numbers and sizes of occupants. The following examples use a maximum load of 1500 lbs (680 kg). This is for illustration purposes only. Make sure you are using the actual load limit for your vehicle stated on your vehicle’s Tire and Loading Information placard (/ page 451). The higher the weight of all the occupants, the smaller the maximum load for luggage.

  • Combined maximum weight of occupants and load (data from the Tire and Loading Information placard)

Example 1

1500 l bs (680 kg)

Example 2

1500 l bs (680 kg)

Example 1                                                 Example 2
Number of people in the vehicle (driver and occu- pants) 5 1
Distribution of the occupants Front: 2

Rear: 3

Front: 1
Weight of occupants Occupant 1: 150 lbs (68 kg)

Occupant 2: 180 lbs (82 kg)

Occupant 3: 160 lbs (73 kg)

Occupant 4: 140 lbs (63 kg)

Occupant 5: 120 lbs (54 kg)

Occupant 1: 200 lbs (91 kg)
Total weight of all occupants 750 l b s (340 kg) 200 l b s (91 kg)
Example 1                                                 Example 2
Permissible load (maximum gross vehicle weight rating from the Tire and Loading Information placard minus the gross weight of all occupants) 1500 l bs (680 kg) Ò 750 l bs (340 kg) = 750 l bs

(340 kg)

1500 l bs (680 kg) Ò 200 l b s (91 kg) = 1300 l bs

(589 kg)

Tire labeling

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  1. Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards
  2. DOT (Department of Transportation), (TIN) Tire Identification Number
  3. Maximum tire load (/ page 457)
  4. Maximum tire pressure (/ page 457)
  5. Manufacturer
  6. Characteristics of the tire (/ page 458)
  7. Tire size designation, load-bearing capacity, speed rating and load index (/ page 458)
  8. Tire name
  9. The data shown in the illustration is example data.

Tire Quality Grading
In accordance with the US Department of Transportation’s “Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards”, tire manufacturers are required to grade their tires on the basis of the following three performance factors:

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  1. Treadwear grade
  2. Traction grade
  3. Temperature grade
  4. The data shown in the illustration is example data.
  5. The classification is not legally stipulated for Canada, but it is generally stated.

Treadwear grade
The treadwear grade is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire when tested under controlled conditions on a specified government test course. For example, a tire graded 150 would wear one and one-half (1\1/2\) times as well on the government course as a tire graded 100.
The relative performance of tires depends upon the actual conditions of their use, however, and may depart significantly from the norm due to variations in driving habits, service practices, and differences in road characteristics and climate.

Traction grade

DANGER
Risk of accident due to inadequate traction The traction grade assigned to this tire is based on straight-ahead braking traction tests.

  • Always adapt your driving style and drive at a speed to suit the prevailing traffic and weather conditions.

NOTE
Damage to the drivetrain from a wheelspin.

Avoid wheelspin.
The traction grades, from highest to lowest, are AA, A, B, and C. Those grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement as measured under controlled conditions on specified government test surfaces of asphalt and concrete. A tire marked C may have poor traction performance.

Temperature grade

WARNING
Risk of accident from tire overheating and tire failure Excessive speed, underinflation, or excessive loading, either separately or in combination, can cause excessive heat build-up and possible tire failure.

  • Observe the recommended tire pressure.
  • Regularly check the pressure of all the tires.
  • Adjust the tire pressure, if necessary.

The temperature grades are A (the highest), B, and C, representing the tire’s resistance to the generation of heat and its ability to dissipate heat when tested under controlled conditions on a specified indoor laboratory test wheel. Sustained high temperature can cause the material of the tire to degenerate and reduce tire life, and excessive temperature can lead to sudden tire failure. Grade C corresponds to a level of performance that all passenger car tires must meet under the Federal Motor Safety Standard No. 109. Grades B and A represent higher levels of performance on the laboratory test wheel than the minimum required by law.

DOT, Tire Identification Number (TIN)

US tire regulations stipulate that every tire manufacturer or re-trader must imprint a TIN in or on the side wall of each tire produced.Mercedes-Benz S-CLASS SEDAN 2023 Loading The Vehicle User Manual 06

  • The data shown in the image is example data.
    The TIN is a unique identification number to identify tires and comprises the following:
  • DOT (Department of Transportation): tire symbol marks 1 indicating that the tire complies with the requirements of the US Department of Transportation.
  • Manufacturer identification code: manufacturer identification code 2 contains details of the tire manufacturer. New tires have a code with two symbols. Retreaded tires have a code with four symbols. Further information on retreaded tires (/ page 462).
  • Tire size: identifier 3 describes the tire size.
  • Tire type code: tire type code 4 can be used by the manufacturer as a code to describe specific characteristics of the tire.
  • Manufacturing date: manufacturing date 5 provides information about the age of a tire. The 1st and 2nd positions represent the calendar week and the 3rd and 4th positions state the year of manufacture (e.g. “3208” represents the 32nd week of 2008).

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  • The data shown in the illustration is example data. Maximum tire load 1 is the maximum permissible weight for which the tire is approved.
  • Do not overload the tires by exceeding the specified load limit.
  • The maximum permissible load can be found on the vehicle’s tire and loading information placard on the B-pillar on the driver’s side (/ page 451).

Specifications for maximum tire pressureMercedes-Benz S-CLASS SEDAN 2023 Loading The Vehicle User Manual 08

  • The data shown in the illustration is example data.
  • Never exceed maximum tire pressure 1 specified for the tire. Always observe the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle when adjusting the tire pressure (page 447).

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