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Can I disable the traction control system on my car?

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Can I disable the traction control system on my car?

December 03, 2012

Q: I own a 2010 Chevy Impala. On a slippery road, the engine is losing power, and the car stops after the warning light for ice and sliding appears on the dash. What can I do to avoid this kind of "protection"? I drive the car; it doesn't drive me.

A: This means the traction control system is engaging because it has detected tire slippage.

You can disable the traction control system by pressing the traction-control-disable button on the dash. You will find it next to the headlight switch. This will disable the system for the entire drive cycle. When you turn the car off and restart later, you will need to press the button again to disable.

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