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got a sel v6 with abs.. but no traction control... was wondering what the low down is on this feature? is this something simple to ask the dealer to install? actual parts? or software controled?
 

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[quote author=Showtime link=topic=57886.msg973216#msg973216 date=1159132627]
Traction control is for people who don't know how to drive.
[/quote]Usually, people that don't know how to drive say that.

To me, traction control on a FWD is kinda meaningless, but can save your ass in a RWD. I was driving in the rain the other day and hit a rather large area of standing water and felt nothing -- yet my little dummy light for the traction control was oging ape shit. Couldn't feel anything doing anything, so who knows.

I have intentionally 100% floored it in the rain, only to have my tires spin like crazy for about 2 seconds and then it cut my power completely. Re-applied only a fraction of the power from there on out. I continued to hold my foot to the floor, just to see what would happen. It accelerated very slowly, even though the pedal was pinned.

It really is on my car with no use for it. I think if I was living back in Michigan, it might come in handy with some snow, sleet or ice and rain -- but not here in Florida.
 

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I don't have the traction control option but I've noticed that the car does back off the throttle or shifts to the next gear depending on tire spin. Personally, I hate it.
 

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i have traction control, but wheels still spin when flooring from a stop.

and no TCS light went on. is TCS broken?
 

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Not necessarily - the traction control monitors the relative speed of the two driving wheels. If they both slip equally, the TCS will be happy and do nothing. Only if one wheel begins to slip (or turn at a different rate than the other) does the TCS sense that something is wrong.

TCS uses the ABS sensors, so it only knows wheel rotational speed - not what is happening on the ground.
 

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I believe you already have traction control. If you have an SEL V6 it's always on unless you press the button on the dash to turn it off. This is the case for mine, and I know if you look at whats included with your car it's there. I just checked the Ford web site and compared. Check your manual and see what it says.
 

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[quote author=bartman1 link=topic=57886.msg1026139#msg1026139 date=1161621360]
Not necessarily - the traction control monitors the relative speed of the two driving wheels. If they both slip equally, the TCS will be happy and do nothing. Only if one wheel begins to slip (or turn at a different rate than the other) does the TCS sense that something is wrong.

TCS uses the ABS sensors, so it only knows wheel rotational speed - not what is happening on the ground.
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I think that is important to know, I also found that TCS didn't work so quick on wet straight line surfaces, realized that it is likely due to the two wheels slipping equally. I expect it to be more useful in winter conditions where it is more likely to get one wheel spins. Thanks for the information.
 
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