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Old 01-07-2010, 06:05 AM   #1
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My parents purchased a 2009 Malibu and struggle with the traction control during the winter and on muddy roads. The traction control can be shut off, but the minute the tires spin it kicks back on or it doesn't truly shut off
100%. Living in North Dakota, the car needs to get through snow. Is there a way to completely disable the traction control on the Malibu?
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Pressing the TC button turns off traction control. Pushing it and holding it will also turn off ESC - Electronic Stability Control.

My question is why does it need to be turned off? It simply keeps the driver from spinning unnecessarily when traction is limited. I just drove home in 3" of snow (not a lot, I know, but it's still slippery) and I had no issues when the TC decided that I was a little too aggessive with the go pedal.

How they use it is up to them, but I still wonder why. If it's doing stuff that makes driving the vehicle harder to operate, then maybe they need to take a trip to the dealer and have it checked out. But mine works as expected and I leave it engaged.
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I agree with Driven. If there is truely something wrong, take it to the dealer. Otherwise tell your parents to take the lead out of their shoes before they start driving. If you accelerate slowly, you should have minimal problems. If you constantly spin the tires at intersections then A) you need new tires or B) you don't know how to drive properly in those conditions.
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Sometimes, having the TC off IS better in the snow. When I lived in NY I believe it or not daily drove my '00 Camaro SS for the first few years I owned it before I got a daily driver. With the 6-speed it was sometimes easier getting going in second gear with the TC off. Sometimes the TC will kick in so much it impedes forward motion.
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If the tires spin excessively I would check the tires/drivers. Im sure they have winter tires on it but if they dont they need to invest in them.
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At least SilverLTZ undestands what I'm talking about. Lead out of their shoes or get snow tires is just a dumb response (sorry, but I'm not an idiot nor are my parents). In ND snow is an issue and traction control kicking in is a pain in the butt. People in the Dakotas need to be able to get a run for the snow in order to get through it with a car (don't tell me they need a four wheel drive; they already do and it's needed on the farm). There old pontiac grand prix was excellent in snow because it didn't have traction control. Normally a car will make it, but the traction control issue makes it difficult. I simply wanted to know if anything could be done to truly shut it off.

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Actually, snow tires is not a dumb response. If you get a lot of snow where you live, you'd be a fool not to use them. Snow tires will give you so much more traction than all-season tires (which in turn will prevent your TC from kicking in all the time).

What Driven Daily said is the only way to turn it off.
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Actually, snow tires is not a dumb response. If you get a lot of snow where you live, you'd be a fool not to use them. Snow tires will give you so much more traction than all-season tires (which in turn will prevent your TC from kicking in all the time).

What Driven Daily said is the only way to turn it off.
Thank you. All seasons in ND is pure stupid.

I was just merely suggesting that if they didnt have them get them so just calm down there.


Also, if they do turn off the ESC Id suggest they go learn how the car reacts in an empty parking lot. Its a totally different animal with the TC and ESC off.
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When you are stuck and need to rock back and fourth to get out, some wheel spin is sometimes necassary. With traction control on this is not possible. I know exactly what the original poster is talking about. It doesn't happen very often, but there are times when it is better to have traction control off. It has nothing to do with having a heavy foot. On our Malibu pressing the button turns it off and it stays of till pressed again.
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Some of you guys need to chill out a little, the guy asked a simple question. Don't jump all over him.
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