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Old 10-20-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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StabiliTrak vs/and Traction Control

What's the difference??

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How do they work together??
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:58 AM   #2
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Stabilitrack = when the rear end is going side ways it applies the brakes so you don't lose total control and tries to help you straighten the car back up....it will only let the car go so far sideways.

Traction control = reduced power to the rear wheels so the tires don't spin

Am I right guys? That's my understanding of them anyway.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:57 AM   #3
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http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=220554

Have you taken a look at these videos? This may help answer your questions and provide you with additional information
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:30 AM   #4
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Stabilitrak uses a series of vehicle sensors that monitor various inputs, including wheel speed, steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration (sideways forces) and yaw (rotational movement) rate. If the system determines that the vehicle is not following the path being steered by the driver, it applies brake pressure to one or more wheels in order to gain traction and guide the vehicle back on course. Engine power may also be reduced, if necessary.

The traction control system limits wheel spin. This is especially useful in slippery road conditions. The system operates only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system works the front brakes and reduces engine power to limit spin.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:16 AM   #5
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Stabilitrak uses a series of vehicle sensors that monitor various inputs, including wheel speed, steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration (sideways forces) and yaw (rotational movement) rate. If the system determines that the vehicle is not following the path being steered by the driver, it applies brake pressure to one or more wheels in order to gain traction and guide the vehicle back on course. Engine power may also be reduced, if necessary.

The traction control system limits wheel spin. This is especially useful in slippery road conditions. The system operates only if it senses that one or both of the front wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, the system works the front brakes and reduces engine power to limit spin.

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Front wheels? Really? Please explain how that works.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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More like it works the throttle blade to dial back the power because you can definitely feel the interaction through the accelerator pedal.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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Front wheels? Really? Please explain how that works.
It was a canned answer. His explanation was spot on except for the "front wheel" part. Just substitute rear wheel and that is a good explanation. GM's stability control system has always been touted by many of the car rags as one of the best if not the best. It is all a matter of how intrusive it is.

To say that it keeps the rear end from swinging out is a bit simplistic. It actually uses the sensors(yaw and steering wheel and individual wheel speed....thru anti-lock system) to determine the driver's intent and if everything is in balance it will allow the rear end to hang out. IOW, you can drift with the stability system on if you are doing it smoothly. If it "thinks" you are getting out of shape, then it can modulate individual brakes and throttle in an effort to get the car back in shape. Traction control simply keeps the "powered wheels" from spinning....in this case, the rear wheels.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #8
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It was a canned answer. His explanation was spot on except for the "front wheel" part. Just substitute rear wheel and that is a good explanation. GM's stability control system has always been touted by many of the car rags as one of the best if not the best. It is all a matter of how intrusive it is.

To say that it keeps the rear end from swinging out is a bit simplistic. It actually uses the sensors(yaw and steering wheel and individual wheel speed....thru anti-lock system) to determine the driver's intent and if everything is in balance it will allow the rear end to hang out. IOW, you can drift with the stability system on if you are doing it smoothly. If it "thinks" you are getting out of shape, then it can modulate individual brakes and throttle in an effort to get the car back in shape. Traction control simply keeps the "powered wheels" from spinning....in this case, the rear wheels.
My response was tongue-in-cheek. Seeing as how this is a ZL1 thread, I would say that his explanation wasn't exactly "spot on". But yours definately was. Thanks for the concise reply. And, thankfully, that is how it does work under "real world" driving conditions.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:09 PM   #9
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It was a canned answer. His explanation was spot on except for the "front wheel" part. Just substitute rear wheel and that is a good explanation. GM's stability control system has always been touted by many of the car rags as one of the best if not the best. It is all a matter of how intrusive it is.

To say that it keeps the rear end from swinging out is a bit simplistic. It actually uses the sensors(yaw and steering wheel and individual wheel speed....thru anti-lock system) to determine the driver's intent and if everything is in balance it will allow the rear end to hang out. IOW, you can drift with the stability system on if you are doing it smoothly. If it "thinks" you are getting out of shape, then it can modulate individual brakes and throttle in an effort to get the car back in shape. Traction control simply keeps the "powered wheels" from spinning....in this case, the rear wheels.
Yup, you can drift the rear even with stability control in the most intrusive setting if you are doing it properly, smoothly, and under control.
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My response was tongue-in-cheek.
I knew it was!!!!
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