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Posted by Chris in Atlanta on March 08, 2001 at 12:44:48:

In Reply to: How does the Traction Control Work? posted by ///Mcoupe on March 08, 2001 at 12:24:23:

And I for one don't know the details - hopefully one of the techies will respond as well.

First, the car reacts differently depending on speed. I think that at low speeds only the brakes are used. Then at medium speeds both brakes and throttle are used. And at high speeds only throttle is used.

For max acceleration you must turn the traction control off. You need to spin the rear tires _a_bit_. But most people spin the tires, back off the throttle, then accelerate again. You have to know how far down to leave the accelerator pedal.

I am sure that you aren't damaging anything when the light flickers on.


I understand that the traction control pulses the brakes. Does this mean that if I heavily accelerate and the traction light comes on that I am essentially burning up my rear brakes? Does the traction control reduce throttle?

Is it not wise to get the best acceleration by stomping the pedal and holding it down?

TIA





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