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    2011 Chevy Cruze traction control button functions

    FYI/ When you push the button on the shifter console it shuts off the traction control and you ll see the light on in the dash. When you again push and hold that button down for a few seconds it shuts off the stability control also and a seperate light will come on in the dash. I was playing around in the snow when I came across these funtions and didn t know if you all were aware.

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    Interesting, I didn’t know that! Could you shut off just the stability control?

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    ...in the Owners Manual, see pages:

    5-18 = Traction OFF light
    5-19 = Traction Control System (TCS)/StabilTrak Light (STL)
    9-32 = Traction Control System.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRUISE-CRUZE View Post
    Interesting, I didn’t know that! Could you shut off just the stability control?
    try it and you ll see the lights..

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    Hi, newbie here. I'd like to know what "stability control" and "traction control" mean in terms of the mechanical operation of the vehicle. Edit- sorry, should have done my googling first:
    Traction Control
    Stability Control

    But are there any situations where you could benefit by turning one or both of those features off?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul7893 View Post
    Hi, newbie here. I'd like to know what "stability control" and "traction control" mean in terms of the mechanical operation of the vehicle.

    Also, are there any situations where you could benefit by turning one or both of those features off?

    Thanks

    Traction control is a system that allows a vehicle to send power away from wheels that are slipping. It is useful to get a little more grip in slippery conditions, but most systems are limited to lower speeds.

    Stability control is a system that detects the movement and speed of the vehicle. If it senses the car begin to swerve or spin, it helps to compensate to allow the driver to keep control of the vehicle.

    Most stability control systems will include traction control, since the hardware is essentially the same. On the other hand, many vehicles have traction control but not stability control, which is more expensive to add.
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    The only time you'd really want to disable it is at the Track or if you're feeling frisky and need to do some kind of maneuver on the road - most people wont touch the button their whole life

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    or if you need the tires to spin... like snow.
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    RTFM.

    In the manual it states that if you get stuck in the snow, and need to rock the car back and forth by going into drive and reverse back and forth until you are unstuck, you should turn off traction control first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawn672 View Post
    most people wont touch the button their whole life
    That may be true about most people, but every car I have had with TC I find that trying to get up my really steep & long snowy driveway I need to disable traction control or I will end up backing all the way down(driveway is about 150ft long & 50ft elevation change).

    With traction control on you'll be making it up the driveway really well then all of a sudden the TC comes on & you loose half your momentum. once this happens the TC comes on again you pretty much loose all your momentum & are just sitting there spinning/sliding back down.
    I also don't like it in city driving(though not as bad as above example), taking off across an intersection & the TC comes on half way across, again loosing half your momentum almost making you almost come to a stop dangerously in the intersection. I can do much better with my own foot.

    The only time I like TC is at hwy speeds & you hit some deep snow/water, the car cuts power & keeps you going very well on your desired path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedout View Post
    That may be true about most people, but every car I have had with TC I find that trying to get up my really steep & long snowy driveway I need to disable traction control or I will end up backing all the way down(driveway is about 150ft long & 50ft elevation change).

    With traction control on you'll be making it up the driveway really well then all of a sudden the TC comes on & you loose half your momentum. once this happens the TC comes on again you pretty much loose all your momentum & are just sitting there spinning/sliding back down.
    I also don't like it in city driving(though not as bad as above example), taking off across an intersection & the TC comes on half way across, again loosing half your momentum almost making you almost come to a stop dangerously in the intersection. I can do much better with my own foot.

    The only time I like TC is at hwy speeds & you hit some deep snow/water, the car cuts power & keeps you going very well on your desired path.
    Totally agreed. When I said "most people" I meant the typical consumer and the "newbie" asking what TC was. I disable it from time to time usually at stopped snowy/slushy intersections

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