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2008-2013 Cadillac CTS Performance Mods Discussion, Traction control/ stabilitrak off in Cadillac CTS Second Generation Forum - 2008-2013; Can anyone explain to me what happens on a cts coupe awd when I push the antislip button. It sais ...
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    Traction control/ stabilitrak off

    Can anyone explain to me what happens on a cts coupe awd when I push the antislip button. It sais traction off but stabilitrak stays on? What's the difference between the 2?
    Also it could also say competitive mode??? What's that?

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    Traction control keeps your tires from spinning; i.e. burning out, StabiliTrak keeps your car from getting sideways; i.e. drifting...

    Competitive mode lowers the control to 80% (I believe), you can put it in Competitive mode by pressing the button twice quickly. You can also turn the control completely off by holding the button until it displays off in the DIC...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_atDell
    Traction control keeps your tires from spinning; i.e. burning out, StabiliTrak keeps your car from getting sideways; i.e. drifting...

    Competitive mode lowers the control to 80% (I believe), you can put it in Competitive mode by pressing the button twice quickly. You can also turn the control completely off by holding the button until it displays off in the DIC...
    According to the manual the steering also firms up.

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    Re: Traction control/ stabilitrak off

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael_atDell View Post
    Traction control keeps your tires from spinning; i.e. burning out, StabiliTrak keeps your car from getting sideways; i.e. drifting...

    Competitive mode lowers the control to 80% (I believe), you can put it in Competitive mode by pressing the button twice quickly. You can also turn the control completely off by holding the button until it displays off in the DIC...
    THANK YOU!
    We had our first snowstorm and i was trying to have fun with the car, but impossible just tapping once or double tapping, never thought to hold the button for 5 seconds.
    SO much more fun lol

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    Is your cts Awd?

    If so do you think by holding button down 5 sec it uses ony the rear ?

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    Re: Traction control/ stabilitrak off

    Quote Originally Posted by ITALYNSTALYN View Post
    Is your cts Awd?

    If so do you think by holding button down 5 sec it uses ony the rear ?
    No. The only time the AWD will be disabled is if there is a malfunction. You can't switch it off.

    The Stabilitrak button only controls the Stability control, traction control, and according to the manual, firms up the steering.

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    Do you know if the AWD is full time or only when car is slipping?

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    Re: Traction control/ stabilitrak off

    My CTS is RWD only

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    Re: Traction control/ stabilitrak off

    Quote Originally Posted by ITALYNSTALYN View Post
    Do you know if the AWD is full time or only when car is slipping?

    Full time with a rear wheel drive bias.

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    Rear wheel drive bias ??......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITALYNSTALYN View Post
    Rear wheel drive bias ??......
    .........

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITALYNSTALYN
    Rear wheel drive bias ??......
    The powertrain sends more torque (power) to the rear wheels. I don't remember exactly what the split was. Something like 60% to the rear and 40% to the front. Front wheel drive based cars are usually the other way around. Usually 70% front and 30% rear.

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    That's great performance wise. The dealer told me that cts coupes with awd are rwd until slippage occurs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ITALYNSTALYN
    That's great performance wise. The dealer told me that cts coupes with awd are rwd until slippage occurs...
    According to this thread, which allegedly had input from a GM engineer, the torque split if 25/75 front/rear during steadily state driving, but it can transfer 100% torque to the front wheels if the rear wheels are slipping.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...formation.html

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    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...about-awd.html

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