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      11-23-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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DSC Off Mode

So its winter time, snowing heavily up here in Canada and its time to have a little winter fun!

I was wondering when we hold down the traction control button to turn off the DSC, is it really completely off?? Or will the traction control still kick in if the car starts to slide alot? Im under the presumption that DSC can never really be turned completely off. Am I correct?

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      11-23-2011, 01:09 PM   #2
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I believe there's an existing post that lists what turns off at each level of traction control. I seem to recall that when fully off, only the antilock brakes are functional. Have fun, be careful and have lots of runoff.
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Holding the DSC button will turn everything off.... basically you're on your own.... not recommended on a day like today in MTL..... if you're stuck in a snowbank, or just trying to go up a slippery incline, press the button once, so the "DSC" symbol is displayed on your dash which will help with traction.



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im confusing DSC with DTC

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      11-23-2011, 02:06 PM   #4
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According to my '08 manual, even after turning off DSC by holding the button in for at least 3":

"brake actions are still performed on the rear axle to enhance drive output if the drive wheels experience a significant loss of traction."

And briefly pushing the button activates DTC which should be indicated on the dash - at least in US models. This mode is recommended for snow.

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      11-23-2011, 02:48 PM   #5
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you can do donuts with the system off, no intervention that i noted.

DTC mode, 1 quick push, should be the standard amount of slip. In full on it's waaaay too intrusive when it's wet or even cold out. I always try to remember to hit the damn button when i get in the car, too bad it's up in the middle of the dash.

Fully off is great for fooling around, and i've used it for getting up a hill in the snow last year where i couldn't get enough momemtum or wheel spin with the car in DTC mode.

Lots of guys seem to fear the fully off mode, you've got a very balanced car with strong brakes and ABS, good tires, etc....it's a good way to learn driving dynamics, just make sure you have the space to do it...ideally on a track.

I got my driving dynamics with quads, snowmobiles, and then mustangs, camaros, and even a c5 vette (which was actually half decent). Nothing balanced, nothing safe about those cars, but lots of power, bad weight distribution and live axle rear ends (not the c5). Learning to drive them on the tracks and then on the roads near the limit redefines white knuckle.

This car fully off is a pussy cat compared them.
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