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Thread: Traction control off but still engaging? How to truly turn off?

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    Thors5ax is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Traction control off but still engaging? How to truly turn off?

    I have a 2002 DTS. I push the Traction Control button down on the console and dash reads "TRAC OFF". However when a take off and the tires start to spin engine rpms are cut to around 1200rpms. I can put it to the floor and but rpms stays constant at around 1200. If I completely let off of the gas and wait about 5 seconds, it's releases its hold on low rpms and can then accelerate again. I've tried leaving trac on and does the same thing maybe a little worse. I've read about a Stabilizing control but I wouldn't think this would hinder acceleration. Not even sure if mine has this as I see no botton to turn it on/off.

    It also doesn't matter if I leave it in drive "D" or try "manual" shifting using 1, 2, and 3 gear selections.

    Is something screwy on mine or is this just how these Caddy's are?


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    Re: Traction control off but still engaging? How to truly turn off?

    I have this same issue on my Charger. Off isn't really off. For the Charger most owners that dislike this cut the line to the Traction Control module and splice in a switch to totally disable it when needed. Some cars if you hold the switch it will disable the entire system. Try that.

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    Re: Traction control off but still engaging? How to truly turn off?

    Traction Control is, in fact, able to be turned OFF............ but then Torque Limiting comes into play. Different systems.

    Explanations in the GM/Helm service manual.

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    Re: Traction control off but still engaging? How to truly turn off?

    Is something screwy on mine or is this just how these Caddy's are?
    any time you have a question if something is "wrong" -
    check for Diagnostic Trouble Codes -

    if you don't know how - go here and read the ENTIRE post -

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...odes-dtcs.html

    if you have any codes - post them here -
    ALONG WITH THEIR DEFINITIONS -

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    Re: Traction control off but still engaging? How to truly turn off?

    Why are you so intent on spinning one tire? Trying to see how fast you can burn up a tire or rack up a $3000 transmission repair?


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