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    Traction Control Not Working?

    My traction control isn't working. I hit the TCS button and it don't even light up. I've checked all fuses and the switch itself. Any other suggestions? Any common problems with the TCS?
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    Can't help you with your question since my T/A is new to me(about a month) But the TCS surprised me oneday when I hit it around a guy driving aimlessly and there was a curve. It sort of felt like it was pushing my foot back...

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    so was it helpful or just hold ya back?

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    i hate traction control... a good way to see if it is working is to get on it good... yes it does feel like it is pushing your foot back...

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    oh its no question its not workin . . . yeah i dont know if im gonna neccessary like it or not but i figured it would be nice in the rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    oh its no question its not workin . . . yeah i dont know if im gonna neccessary like it or not but i figured it would be nice in the rain
    it doesn't do shit... it hinderrs if anything... i hate mine... even though i turn mine off when i get in my car, it still goes to action some times...

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    hmmm so your sayin im luckin mine dont work! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    hmmm so your sayin im luckin mine dont work! lol
    hell yes!!! but... if you want it to work check the rear... i think the wires run to your brakes... but i'm not sure...

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    Meh, I dont' have TC and wouldn't have it any other way.

    FBody TC is the stupidest system ever. Some of the newer/luxury/Import model TC systems are nice. My wife's Acura has electronic TC. It's nice. It pulls power from the engine (not your foot). All ours does is push the throttle closed. Be happy yours doesn't work, life is better that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    hmmm so your sayin im luckin mine dont work! lol
    Any lights in the dash lit?

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    nope, everything seems fine. . . the "TCS" lights up when headlights are on but the orangeish yellow "on" light doesn't light up . . if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaz View Post
    hell yes!!! but... if you want it to work check the rear... i think the wires run to your brakes... but i'm not sure...
    Yes, there is a sensor on each side where the e-brake setup is. You'll have to get under the vehicle (cause they face inward), unclip the harness, remove the bolt, and they come out. They are magnetic so they shouldn't just fall out. My TCS took a shit for a while after I did a burnout. Just drove it for a while and within an hour it worked again.

    When it rains, just drive slower and more carefully lol. I'm not a huge fan of the system these cars have, but I bought my car with it and I always drive with it off.

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    TCS along with second gear start makes my car at least drivable in the snow. But in rain I just turn it off because it makes the car do things that you are not expecting and reacts differently.

    If mine didn't work i wouldn't really miss it but if your car is equipped with it I think you should look into getting it fixed just because it is there if you want it.

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    I like mine for driving in the rain. It has saved my ass while passing people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02blkws6 View Post
    I like mine for driving in the rain. It has saved my ass while passing people.
    Mine just throws the pedal back at me, and I still keep sliding. I like to have control and be able to counter steer/ counter accelerate when needed, but it's GREAT in the snow if I ablolutely need to go out!

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    Screw TC. I dont have it and have had 0 problems in the rain. Just dont rip on it like you would on a nice day. accelerate slower and slow down on turns and you should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TempleU_WS6 View Post
    Screw TC. I dont have it and have had 0 problems in the rain. Just dont rip on it like you would on a nice day. accelerate slower and slow down on turns and you should be fine.
    Hey, who said you can put in your 2 cents!!!??? Haha, just playin man. I'm thinkin we should get together saturday, go for a ride before it snows...?

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    i had a prob with mine awhile back. start the car it would turn on/off. once you touch the gas it instantly turned off and you couldnt turn it back on. it turned out it was the motor thingy your throttle cables hook into. check your wheel sensors on the axles of your rearend. usually if its a system malfunction your light on the dash will just come on and your tcs switch wont work. sounds like you arent getting power to the system at all.

    Also, ever swaped rears in your car. if you put a 3 channel rear in a 4 channel car your tcs will no longer work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew69_04 View Post
    Also, ever swaped rears in your car. if you put a 3 channel rear in a 4 channel car your tcs will no longer work.
    Very good point. From what I understand, 4 channel abs only came with TCS, and 3 channel = no TCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01ws6er View Post
    Very good point. From what I understand, 4 channel abs only came with TCS, and 3 channel = no TCS.
    You are correct!

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