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Old 02-06-2011, 06:41 AM   #1
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Can someone explain the traction control to me

First off the car is a SS 6-spd. I am reading about "traction control" on/off, sport mode, and competative mode. I see a TC button on/off but how do you get to the other modes? I just picked up the car a few days ago and the dealer is mailing me the owners manual as it wasn't in the car. How does the TC work, what are your thoughts on it at the track and stoplight races?
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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The only one I use is the 7 second rule. Hold it for 7 seconds and then hold on for the ride of your life. Just make sure you're in an open area.
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First off the car is a SS 6-spd. I am reading about "traction control" on/off, sport mode, and competative mode. I see a TC button on/off but how do you get to the other modes? I just picked up the car a few days ago and the dealer is mailing me the owners manual as it wasn't in the car. How does the TC work, what are your thoughts on it at the track and stoplight races?
If you push the button in front of the shifter one time, one light comes on.. (function off) push it twice and the other one comes on... I apologize for remembering which one is which.... as I only do the hold it for six or seven seconds until both lights come one, telling me all the nannies are off...

BUT...If you are in any kind of inclement weather, slippery road conditions or traffic, I highly recommend you leave everything on.. no lights on the dash, as they will save you in more ways than you can imagine... Right after I got my car, I got really badly sideways in less than favorable conditions simply by grabbing one gear too low and stabbing a little too hard on the gas.... For you, your car, and others around you... leave them on until conditions warrant turning them off... Figure out what it will and wont do and then happy motoring... It is a different animal with the nannies off...
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Simster are there any beeps, flashes, or lights that let you know when you are in this mode? Also T/C is off- hold button for 7 secs and then you are in Comp mode? OK so two lights "on" means all traction control aide is off? What is the differance between just pressing the button once, vs holding for 7 seconds? This is pretty confusing sorry.
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If you hold it down for 7 seconds it will turn off all of the computer controlled systems " traction control" " comp mode" and so on. In 7 second mode you can crank the rpm's up and dump the clutch and let that LS3 do what GM designed it to do and that is to make grown men giggle like a school girl!!...............Have fun but be safe!

I really do not know the difference in all of the different modes I just turn it all off when I want to have a little fun. I wouldn't reccomend doing it on the highway. I would try to find a track somewhere and let 'r rip.!
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Simster are there any beeps, flashes, or lights that let you know when you are in this mode? Also T/C is off- hold button for 7 secs and then you are in Comp mode?
Look on the dash right side gauge and push the button... you will see a light come on, it's small and orange... push the button again and the other one will come on and the first one will go off... if I remember correctly... push and hold for seven seconds and both lights come on and then it's you and the motor and the car... Neither one is on...
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alrighty, here's the deal.

push the t/c button "ONCE" and you turn off the traction control.

push the t/c button "TWICE" (push 1-see the t/c off light come on) and press again simultaniously and you will see the DIC say "COMPETITIVE MODE" this is the launch control function.

"LAUNCH CONTROL"- hold the clutch down, hold down the gas pedel (this will limit it to 4500 rpms) have it is 1st gear and dump the clutch, and GOOOOOOO!!!

push and "HOLD" the t/c button down for 6-7 seconds and you turn everything "OFF" (both lights will be on)

hope this helps everybody!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:52 AM   #9
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Thanks for the info folks. Ray-Ray you seem to like the competative mode I take it this is nothing more than a launch rev limiter, or does this offer traction control assist as well
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Launch Control is a form of traction control that optimizes wheelspin while launching the vehicle. It's activated when the vehicle is at a standstill while in Competitive Mode.

When the accelerator pedal is pressed to the floor with the clutch engaged, the RPM is
limited to 4500rpm. Releasing the clutch while keeping the accelerator
pressed to the floor provides controlled wheelspin and acceleration.

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Stop light races will end up costing your your license, your car or someones life! Plenty of tracks around so take to safely to the track. These cars are capable of far more than the inconsistant street conditions can ever provide.
Crowns in the road, paint at crosswalks etc all can cause one wheel to hook or slip. Not trying to be a prude or anything just sayin I have seen more than one good driver lose cars in similar situations. A track is prepped, flat and consistant so you can really let it go there.
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2010 SS RS- please understand that I know when it is safe and when it is not I've been racing for 20 years now with cars much faster than this SS. When I mentioned "stop light" I meant what is the best TC option for the street performance.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:43 AM   #14
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Be careful when you turn the computer off, it becomes a REAL BEAR.
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Dont turn off that stability unless you are prepared for the car to go sideways FAST.

Even the six will get sideways in dry weather pretty easily without it on, in bad weather or rain it goes crazy!
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:38 AM   #17
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Don't just dump the clutch at 4500 rpm, you will break something! You also have to stab the gas hard and fast in comP Mode for it to stop at 4500, be carefull and read and understand the owners manual.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:55 AM   #18
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If you're not familiar with the car, I'd say stick with TC off with ST on or competitive mode only. There's almost no need to turn ST off unless you are a very experienced driver. You'll be glad you left it on the time you come around a curve and you gave it too much throttle.
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Here is my recommendation on how to get used to the car.

I am used to my 66 Olds with no computer assistance but I decided to be careful with my SS. It's my daily driver and I decided to drive it normal with all the nannies on to get used to the car. Then started using it with TC off for another week, (1 button push) to get used to what it takes to make the wheels spin. Then Competitive mode while letting her loose on the freeway for another week. Then finally started using it was nannies off in casual driving to see how she handled without them. I'll be taking her out to the track soon so I can see what my baby is like when she likes the be MEAN!
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Don't just dump the clutch at 4500 rpm, you will break something! You also have to stab the gas hard and fast in comP Mode for it to stop at 4500, be carefull and read and understand the owners manual.
In Competitive mode, it's actually safer to dump the clutch, the computer can handle the rest to make sure nothing breaks......hesitating when the car is expecting it can result in much glazing......

That said...it's not a good idea to dump it when you're NOT in competitive mode.
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hopefully i don't get beat up to bad for this question...but does the automatic have this seven second setting as well? i'm sure it may have been mentioned in the thread and I apologize ahead of time if it is. my phone does a terrible job of opening up attachments or i'd read the online manual real quick.
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hopefully i don't get beat up to bad for this question...but does the automatic have this seven second setting as well? i'm sure it may have been mentioned in the thread and I apologize ahead of time if it is. my phone does a terrible job of opening up attachments or i'd read the online manual real quick.
It sure does! The only difference between auto and stick where Stabilitrac is concerned...is that it does not have launch control.
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:42 PM   #24
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Even the six will get sideways in dry weather pretty easily without it on, in bad weather or rain it goes crazy!
This is completely true.
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every time I get in my SS, I hold the button down for a few seconds and that's the only way to drive man does this car like to drive sideways!!
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