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    Traction control sucks

    I hate the traction control on newer vehicles. Buried a Ford Escape in the snow today, as soon as the wheels slip a little the damn traction control cuts power. When you are up to the axles in snow, that means you stop right now with no chance you will get the damn thing moving again. My wifes mini van is a Dodge and at least I can turn it off on that, otherwise I can't make it up the hill to my house with it on.
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    The new car function I can't stand is the turn off/turn on when the car stops and starts. How many starters and batteries are going through to save a few tablespoons of gas?!

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    My last 6 new vehicles have all been Chevy / GMC. They all gave me the option to turn the traction control on or off.

    On the other hand, you could always move to where there is no snow and that would kind of solve the problem too I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    I hate the traction control on newer vehicles. Buried a Ford Escape in the snow today, as soon as the wheels slip a little the damn traction control cuts power. When you are up to the axles in snow, that means you stop right now with no chance you will get the damn thing moving again. My wifes mini van is a Dodge and at least I can turn it off on that, otherwise I can't make it up the hill to my house with it on.
    Since the Ford system doesn't cut power until both wheels are slipping, I suspect you were already in more trouble than you could handle. The Escape has an open differential, and without traction control you would only have 1 wheel drive.

    BTW, if you think you can do better, you can switch the system off. Check the owner's manual.
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    Not sure if this is the right model year....

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    Yank the anti-stop brake fuse, that will disable most of the population control systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kschilk View Post
    Yank the anti-stop brake fuse, that will disable most of the population control systems.
    I might do that myself. I hate it when I see a snake in the road and can't lock the brakes up as I slide over it. I have to either spin out on it or get out and shoot it. Dirt road, no ricochet problems. And, I CAN turn my traction control off. In addition, I have a positrack differential I can turn off or on. I turn THAT off whenever I get in and fire it up. I don't want it on while on the asphalt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    I might do that myself. I hate it when I see a snake in the road and can't lock the brakes up as I slide over it. I have to either spin out on it or get out and shoot it. Dirt road, no ricochet problems. And, I CAN turn my traction control off. In addition, I have a positrack differential I can turn off or on. I turn THAT off whenever I get in and fire it up. I don't want it on while on the asphalt.
    Only downside is that it'll light all the there-for-the-sole-purpose-of-distraction dash lights. On the upside......as long as you're seein' those lights, you'll prob'ly never have to see the ones on an ambulance.
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    there is also a button to turn off the auto engine stop/start. But i have no idea what a new starter might cost since it is supposedly much beefier to handle the additional starts.
    And my 2018 (and my son's 2017) F150 4x4 has a 4A setting (in additional to 4 high, 4 low and electric differential lock, good riddance differential clutches ) that puts you in all wheel drive that can be run on any road surface, wet or dry. he just bought his a couple weeks ago in Seattle and in last weeks snow and ice storm there he ran in it all the time and loved it. He ferried guys in his submarine command to and from work making good use of the crew cab and bragging that it took a florida born and raised boy to negotiate the snow!
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    My Edge Limited AWD has a similar traction control system as the Escape. Yeah, it ain't no substitute for 4x. Aside from being somewhat useless as a TRUE traction control system, the PTU (power transfer unit) they use has known heating issues. My Explorer had true 4x4 High and Low (via a REAL transfer case) and could really handle any weather conditions. Not a rock crawler but it could hand pretty much anything.
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