Manual: 2009-2011

Page: 63

Before starting the engine

  • Apply the footbrake.
  • Manual transmission:
    Move the gearshift lever into neutral.
    The clutch pedal must be depressed fully before the starter will engage.
  • In vehicles with PDK transmission:
    Move PDK selector lever to position P or N.

Switch position 0
Initial position
The ignition key cannot be withdrawn when the ignition is switched on or when the engine has been started.

To withdraw the ignition key:

  • Stop the vehicle.
  • In vehicles with PDK transmission:
    Move PDK selector lever to position P.
  • Switch ignition off.
  • Remove ignition key.

Switch position 1
Ignition on

  • Turn ignition key to position 1.
    Ignition is switched on.

All electrical equipment can be switched on.

  • Please see the chapter "WARNINGS ON THE INSTRUMENT PANEL AND THE ON-BOARD COMPUTER" on page 136.

Switch position 2
Start engine

  • Turn ignition key to ignition lock position 2.
  • Please see the chapter "STARTING PROCEDURES" on page 65.

Switch position 3
Ignition off

  • Turn ignition key to ignition lock position 3.

The vehicle battery discharges if the ignition key is left inserted.

If the vehicle battery is dead, the key can only be pulled out of the ignition lock if the emergency operation is performed:

  • Please see the chapter "EMERGENCY OPERATION – PULLING OUT THE IGNITION KEY" on page 64.

Locking the steering column
Automatic locking
The steering column is automatically locked when the ignition key is withdrawn from the ignition lock.

Steering Wheel Lock

The steering wheel will lock and will cause loss of steering.

  • Never remove key from the ignition lock or turn the key off while the vehicle is moving.
  • Always withdraw the ignition key when leaving the vehicle.

Automatic unlocking
The steering column is unlocked when the vehicle is unlocked with the radio remote control.

To avoid discharging the battery, always remove the ignition key from the ignition lock.

Please see the chapter "BATTERY" on page 225.

If you leave the key in the ignition/steering lock, a gong will sound when the driver's door is opened. This is a reminder to remove the key.