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For those of you that have the Traction Control... well...what EXACTLY does it do other than the obvious name? Reason I ask is because my '01 PT Cruiser had this on it and weather I turned it off or left it on it still lost traction in wet conditions. Granted the Goodyear tires were the worst tires I had ever owned!
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It's only low speed traction control and it basically, just activates the brakes on the tire that is slipping. I've had it kick on (the traction light comes on in the cluster) several times and it's quite noticeable. It does a decent job of eliminating tire spin. However, living in TX, I've never tried it on ice or snow, just wet or sandy conditions...
 

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Mine, on a 97, intrepid, well, it doesn't work on ice....then again, i don't think the brakes either...lol... but the ? i have for all, is why have traction control if it doesn't work unless your old, driving REAL slow and live in FL?
 

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I live in Southern Ontario and have tried it in all kinds of road conditions. I find it useless. I usually shut it off, especially in slippery conditions like this time of year.
Systems in newer cars might be better but in our 94 it offers no help.
 

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My wife has it on her 2000 grand am gt and I tried it in the snow and on gm's it cuts the motor so you can't get no revs out of it. I gunned it on snow and the engine would'nt rev past 3500, turned it off and it reved as far as I could push it throwing slop everywhere. I love beating on that car.

Although her car makes me feel like I am standing still when we raced. Gotta find a way to put that 3.4 into my trep, damn it's quick!:D
 

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Yep

Yep. I pretty much came to the conclusion in the PT that it was useless. Now that you mention it I did notice the pulsating grinding sound whenever I broke traction, but I found it to be extrememly annoying. I would also feel it whenever the car hit a large puddle of water on the road. That feeling was very scarry!:blush:
 

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The intrepid's are well know when it comes to that all fimiliar feeling......driving the speed limit...(lol) and it's raining...hard...or there is a large puddle on the road, and BOOM, the car wants to go one way, and you just want to go home...it's a little hard to get ur baby to go home, and not back where ever SHE wants to go....b/c of dodge's "smarts", they made our babies very good, but b/c of the with (sp)... of the tires along wuth the how "low" the car may sit, you tend to hydroplane alot easier.......but then again......you get used to hydoplaning, and learn how to handle it, and it can be a very fun time, ......when you look over to your buudy that doesn't want to give you any gas money, and YELL...." OH MY GOD".....but the whole time, you know what to do, and you don't end up in the ditch.
 

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I found the traction control worked quite well for me when I was driving on the interstate in a snow/ice storm back in December. There were about 3-4 inches of wet snow and ice on the road, and aside from some trucks, mine was the only car on the road. But the traction control kicked in quite a few times and kept me going. If it weren't for that, I don't think I would have made it up some of those grades. Of course, I was only doing 30 mph, so maybe that's part of it. I couldn't go any faster or the car started to fishtail like crazy. ...Took me over 11 hours to get from central Connecticut to central NY, which usually only take 5 hours. That sucked.
 

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Is the wiring there?

Is the wiring for the traction control already there (mine is the SE) model)?
 

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No. You need to have ABS brakes in order to have traction control. If you want to upgrade, then you need to upgrade your brakes too, which is way more trouble than its worth.
 

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you dont really have to do anything to the brakes themselves to add Traction/ABS. What you do have to add is the pump /computer , the wheels sensors at each wheel and the wires to make it all work. If you have ABS you can add Trac , by getting a Trac pump and computer and replacing the ABS ones. The system on the LH does not cut engine power like some other systems .
 

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I have ABS

I have ABS on my SE. Is this an option or something? I thought it was standard but apparently not.
 

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yup , its an option
 
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