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Since you started this thread I have only had my ABS trigger one time - this morning and for about 20 feet. The brake pedal pulsed at about 2-3 times per second. However, since the brake pedal isn't directly connected to the brakes there is no way to tell how fast the ABS system is actually pulsing the brakes.
 

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Traction control in most cars won't come on above 25 MPH, which is also the lower limit of the cruise control.
 

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I don't mind admitting I am stupid on certain subjects, one option I would never do without driving on winter roads is a limited slip differential. This prevented one wheel slip when driving up a slippery hill. Seems like they are replacing this with a microcontroller now.

Trying to learn the difference between Stabiltrak and traction control. Does this seem right?

"Traction control cuts the power so you can't spin the tires... Stabilitrak may cut the power some, but also automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels at different intervals to "straighten" out the vehicle in the vent of a slide."

Seem to get both if that single button on the console is left on. Reread the owners manual and hit my brain finally to switch it off in conditions like this when trying to climb a hill.

Just touching that button does turn off the "TCS Off Light" on the Tach side, so can maintain full engine power. But I guess this is not enough, ha, I am slow. Have to hold it down for several seconds until the "StabiliTrak Off" light comes on, on the speedometer side to quit that braking action on that spinning wheel.

Read on sites, the only to switch back on the "StabiliTrak Off" is to kill the engine for 15 seconds, but hitting it again turns off both lights on the tach and the speedometer on my Cruze.

Now this is finally starting to sink it my old stubborn brain. When I just hit that button once, it did restore engine power. But that spinning wheel was still braking, and was not continuous ice, but spotty, and like the ABS on this thing, would hit the brakes on just when that wheel finally had some traction. Next time will hold that button down until the "StabiliTrak Off" light comes on and see what happens.

Major question for me, is how do I explain this to my wife?

But still, being somewhat of a hard head and they don't make things like they use to kind of a guy. Would be more than happy to trade this POS system for a good old fashion limited slip differential. These things worked!

In regards to skid control, if you drive like an idiot, you deserve to get into a skid.
If I read that right you got it. As for your last statement - 100% agree.

Traction control uses the ABS sensors to detect excessive wheel spin from any wheels receiving engine power and actually disengages a spinning wheel from the transmission. Stabilitrac uses the ABS sensors, steering wheel input, and body motion sensors in an attempt to detect either a slide or a roll that is just starting. It then uses a combination of steering adjustments and brakes to repoint the car back to where you're steering. In the case of body roll stabilitrac will attempt to understeer your car to keep it from rolling. As an aside, if either the traction or stabilitrac systems engage in the Cruze your cruise control will disengage.

GM has (had) a system that does the above and adds power to various wheels as well. This was their Versatrac AWD system. When Versatrac reduced power to a spinning wheel it would automatically transfer it to any or all three of the remaining wheels. Likewise Versatrac would add power to wheels to help recover from a slide or potential roll condition. My Montana had this system and running on M+S tires it had better snow & ice traction than any non-AWD/4WD vehicle running snow tires.
 
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