why would you want to turn off traction control?
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 14 of 14
Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By MoistCabbage
  • 1 Post By hazcaddy
  • 1 Post By ffrog
  • 1 Post By HartfordGuy
Cadillac DTS Forum - 2006 through 2012 Discussion, why would you want to turn off traction control? in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I could understand why you would want to turn off the traction control in any sports car, but this big ...
  1. #1
    Cadillac_Phx is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 1994 Cadillac Concours (SOLD) / 2006 DTS Lux II
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Phoenix,AZ
    Age
    25
    Posts
    63

    why would you want to turn off traction control?

    I could understand why you would want to turn off the traction control in any sports car, but this big heavy front wheel drive sedan, that only has 275 horsepower and does 0-60 in over seven seconds well I just don't see why you would ever want to turn off TC! Isn't it a safety feature? Why would they put it right next to the shifter (floor shifter like on my model Luxury II) as if it was a button you were going to press very often?

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    MoistCabbage's Avatar
    MoistCabbage is online now Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
    Automobile(s): Crimson 2001 Seville STS, 1990 Seville (RIP)
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    East Boston MA.
    Age
    26
    Posts
    20,827
    Traction control can make driving in snow a real PITA in certain situations (going up steep hills, getting in and out if parking spots...).

    And even with "only" 275/300 HP, some people drive these cars "enthusiastically". TCS will slow a launch.
    HartfordGuy likes this.

  4. #3
    Submariner409's Avatar
    Submariner409 is offline If it won't run, chrome it
    Automobile(s): 2002.5 F55 STS/65500mi, 2004 Ford F150 SuperCab4x4
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    MD Eastern Shore - Kent Island
    Age
    74
    Posts
    44,009

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    ............. it's in the owner's manual.

  5. #4
    TulsaVic is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): '08 DTS Performance (gone)
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Harrison, ME
    Age
    67
    Posts
    650

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    Traction control can make driving in snow a real PITA in certain situations (going up steep hills, getting in and out if parking spots...).

    And even with "only" 275/300 HP, some people drive these cars "enthusiastically". TCS will slow a launch.
    Totally agree. Traction control allows zero wheel spin. After last winter's first snow (and my first winter in Maine), got halfway up my drive and the wheels started to slip. Throttle was cut and I came to a halt. Didn't move again until I got out the snow shovel and some salt and sand. Next storm I remembered to turn off the TC and, though I spun a bit, I got up the drive and into the garage with only limited dramatics.....

  6. #5
    Superjim's Avatar
    Superjim is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2011 DTS Platinum
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Ft. Worth
    Age
    69
    Posts
    4,427

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    I leave mine OFF about 75% of the time...

  7. #6
    hazcaddy's Avatar
    hazcaddy is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2010 DTS Premium, '07 STS4 (gone), '03 DHS (gone)
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Oakville, ON
    Posts
    418

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superjim View Post
    I leave mine OFF about 75% of the time...
    Well once they start having paved roads in Texas, you'll probably want to switch it on more often, Jim...
    Superjim likes this.

  8. #7
    RicktheRealtor is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2008 DTS Lux III
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Age
    59
    Posts
    240

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by hazcaddy View Post
    Well once they start having paved roads in Texas, you'll probably want to switch it on more often, Jim...
    oooh, low blow.

  9. #8
    Superjim's Avatar
    Superjim is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2011 DTS Platinum
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Ft. Worth
    Age
    69
    Posts
    4,427

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by hazcaddy View Post
    Well once they start having paved roads in Texas, you'll probably want to switch it on more often, Jim...
    That would be nice... I drove on a paved road last year in Arizona...

  10. #9
    Cadillac_Phx is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 1994 Cadillac Concours (SOLD) / 2006 DTS Lux II
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Phoenix,AZ
    Age
    25
    Posts
    63

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaVic View Post
    Totally agree. Traction control allows zero wheel spin. After last winter's first snow (and my first winter in Maine), got halfway up my drive and the wheels started to slip. Throttle was cut and I came to a halt. Didn't move again until I got out the snow shovel and some salt and sand. Next storm I remembered to turn off the TC and, though I spun a bit, I got up the drive and into the garage with only limited dramatics.....
    so you're saying when the traction control was on you lost control yet when you turned it off you were successful? That doesn't even make sense then why did they put it in there? I thought traction control was something that's automatically always supposed to be on so that you never have slips for the safety feature? For the first time today I floored my DTS both with trTC on and off and the wheel spin was exactly the same I didn't feel difference. I just don't see why they would put the button right next to the shifter as if it's something you're going to use almost everyday

  11. #10
    TulsaVic is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): '08 DTS Performance (gone)
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Harrison, ME
    Age
    67
    Posts
    650

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac_Phx View Post
    so you're saying when the traction control was on you lost control yet when you turned it off you were successful? That doesn't even make sense then why did they put it in there? I thought traction control was something that's automatically always supposed to be on so that you never have slips for the safety feature? For the first time today I floored my DTS both with trTC on and off and the wheel spin was exactly the same I didn't feel difference. I just don't see why they would put the button right next to the shifter as if it's something you're going to use almost everyday

    Aahmmmm, ever driven in snow? Sometimes you want a little wheel spin. I don't mean accelerator to the floor until you smell burnt rubber. I mean a controlled slippage, which still gives you some traction and therefore some forward movement. With the traction control, the engine will be brought down to just about idle if there's wheel spin. So you get zero forward movement. Scary when you're trying to pull into traffic.

    I've also had TC come on while driving on wet pavement on the highway and going over the crest of a hill. Wasn't conscious of any wheel spin. But the combination of reduced traction on the pavement and the "reduced" weight on wheels from going over the crest was enough to trigger the system. Spooky when you're doing 65 mph.

  12. #11
    Superjim's Avatar
    Superjim is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2011 DTS Platinum
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Ft. Worth
    Age
    69
    Posts
    4,427

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by TulsaVic View Post
    Aahmmmm, ever driven in snow? Sometimes you want a little wheel spin. I don't mean accelerator to the floor until you smell burnt rubber. I mean a controlled slippage, which still gives you some traction and therefore some forward movement. With the traction control, the engine will be brought down to just about idle if there's wheel spin. So you get zero forward movement. Scary when you're trying to pull into traffic.

    I've also had TC come on while driving on wet pavement on the highway and going over the crest of a hill. Wasn't conscious of any wheel spin. But the combination of reduced traction on the pavement and the "reduced" weight on wheels from going over the crest was enough to trigger the system. Spooky when you're doing 65 mph.
    I have had that happen too.... didn't like it...

  13. #12
    ffrog is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2006 DTS Performance
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Phila, PA area
    Posts
    246

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac_Phx View Post
    so you're saying when the traction control was on you lost control yet when you turned it off you were successful? That doesn't even make sense then why did they put it in there? I thought traction control was something that's automatically always supposed to be on so that you never have slips for the safety feature? For the first time today I floored my DTS both with trTC on and off and the wheel spin was exactly the same I didn't feel difference. I just don't see why they would put the button right next to the shifter as if it's something you're going to use almost everyday
    EXTRACT FROM 2006 OWNER’S MANUAL:

    Traction control improves your ability to accelerate when driving on a slippery road. Even though your vehicle has the Traction Control System (TCS), you will want to slow down and adjust your driving to the road conditions. Under certain conditions, you may want to turn the TCS off, such as when driving through deep snow and loose gravel, to help maintain vehicle motion at lower speeds. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 4-9.
    Superjim likes this.

  14. #13
    HartfordGuy's Avatar
    HartfordGuy is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 1968 Eldorado
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hartford, CT
    Age
    48
    Posts
    785

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    The guys are right.

    You want to turn OFF the traction control when climbing a hill in the snow. Otherwise if your wheels spin even a little in the snow the throttle cuts out and the brakes apply to those wheels stopping all forward momentum up the snowy road or driveway.

    I had a beautiful 2004 Crown vic that I was driving home from work late at night in eight inches of unplowed snow. I could not get up the hill on my street to get home. I'd get up a running start on the flat end of the street but when I got to the hill the tires started to spin and the TC would come on and reduce the throttle to nothing so I could not power up the hill. I was soo pissed I traded the car in for a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I never thought to turn off the TC button on the dash of the Vic. I assumed like many people that the TC was supposed to help me up that hill. So I bought that Jeep for nothing. Well, it actually worked out in the end, as once I realized I didn't need the Jeep I traded it in for the DTS.
    ffrog likes this.

  15. #14
    jazoo is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 2006 DTS
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    286

    Re: why would you want to turn off traction control?

    I live in the flat country and mine TCS stays off all the time.

    My question is: should one turn on the TCS at a certain frequency so it works when needed?

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting