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Old 26th December 2007
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Default Turning off Traction Control???

Alright....

Ive seen quite a few videos of people driving and they turn Traction control off. What would be the pros and cons of doing this? also, how do you do it?
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hit the ESP to turn on and off.


try it out it will anser your question to #1

esp is great for bad road conditions.

esp off is more sportier " "
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Well... when i hit ESP, nothing happens. Should there be a light that signifies that TCS is off?
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On the 2006 (which is the same dash layout) there is light that comes on near the odometer and gear selection indicator.
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But there is no light that comes on with mine. I know where it should be and all, but just nothing happens.
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Is there a maximum speed you can drive ESP off? Somebody with a car of the same model year knows this better.

I think the owners manual for MY 2007 says something about maximum speed.

Those peformance drivers may have ESPs removed by hardwiring.
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I believe you can only turn it off when you're stopped or at a slow speed.
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I agree, I think it's only during slower speeds or stopped. I don't know the exact km/hr range off the top of my head, but I just happened to have tried it the other day doing 140km/hr. didn't work, ;-)


a couple of forum searches should find the answer.
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the symbol is right in the middle of the instrument panel.

A good way to test to see if it's functioning is to try flooring it from a stop (turning a corner perhaps and especially on slick pavement) if you feel (hear) the front wheels sliding, it's off. When the traction control is on and functioning, you'll feel the tires grab and you'll lose a bit of power from the wheels as the brakes engage to keep you from sliding.

You may have a dash light that's out, but if you don't notice a difference when you push the ESP button, there's something wrong with it and you should probably have it looked at.
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I agree, I think it's only during slower speeds or stopped. I don't know the exact km/hr range off the top of my head, but I just happened to have tried it the other day doing 140km/hr. didn't work, ;-)


a couple of forum searches should find the answer.
from my owner's manual:
ESP indicator light
The light under the speedometer
comes on for a short period of time when the
ESP system is operative.
Operation of the ESP indicates reduced
cohesion between the tires and the road,
and that extra care should be taken by the
driver.
Turning ESP system off
The system can be turned off manually with
the ESP button, whereupon the light
under the speedometer will come on. The
car must be travelling slower than 35 mph
(60 km/h). The TCS is also disengaged.
The ESP is always engaged during braking,
even if it has been switched off manually
with the ESP button.
If a fault is detected in the system, the
following message will be displayed on
the SID:
The cruise control system (if active) will
automatically

so basically, there's no limit to the speed you can travel at once disengaged, just a limit at which it can be disengaged.
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Are you holding the button down? It takes a couple seconds.
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I got it to work. The thing was, i was holding it, and it would not turn on, but if i just hit it it turns right on. But how does this give the car a "sportier" feel?
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i do not need to hold mine. lol.
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Not really a sportier feel, at least when driving around normally. You'll be allowed wheelspin and some traction loss when taking a fast corner.

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Added 1-2~ MPH to my trap speed in the 1/4 by turning it off
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Turning off the traction control will not turn off the ABS either. I've tried my car with the traction control on and off in a large empty snow covered parking lot and noticed a slight bit more control with the ESP on. I was able to use the parking brake for power slides with the ESP on too.
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Yeah, I have turned off the TC off too from time to time. It turns off the TC and ESP...but not the ABS. With the now here in Wisconsin I just keep it on (except for doughnuts) Personally I love the TC and, especially, the ESP. This is my first car with any type of control systems....what a treat.

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I think it's a great feature, however durring the last snow storm it definately didn't aid to my commute...granted the roads were so bad in Rhode Island that they fired the director of EMA for the state that week...I got stuck on a hill that I shouldn't have tried driving up, and ESP kept my wheels from spinning...but also kept me from moving at all...
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I don't turn off my traction control but do notice i still get a lot of wheel spin when setting off too fast. Should this be the case and if so why is the traction control not preventing the wheel spin? i am from the UK and we have not had the snow yet and driving conditions are pretty good at the moment so i am unsure why a get so much wheel spin often through 1st, 2nd and occasionally even in 3rd geer. The tyres are all new.
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Just in case..Are you certain it's not the clutch that's spinning?

With a manual car, putting traction control off is the only way to get out of beeing slightly stuck in snow. Go gently with the clutch and gas! Tried and succeded.
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