Turn Off Traction Control

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by thelettuceman, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,326

    This applies to my truck but maybe yours also. I was told by the Ford dealer to turn off traction control while snow plowing. It is okay to drive with traction control on while transporting the plow.

    Anybody have thoughts on this?
  2. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    tc in some cases not only cuts power but it will also apply ABS braking. So sping the tires pushing into snow banks could be very hard on this system
  3. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,280

    traction control and abs are for people who don't know how to drive, which is great for over 80% of the population.
  4. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 153

    I've finally gotten used to abs. I usually have trucks, currently 3/4 and ton trucks, luckily none with t/c. Tried a half ton with it, can't see any benefit at all. Scared the crap out of me when I went to take off and had about 1/4 power with traffic coming. Not a big fan, but not a lot of experience with it. Hopefully it is still not available on the larger pickups, not looking forward to it.
  5. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 511

    I turn it off everytime I get in the truck. No use as far as Im concerned.
  6. weekendwrench

    weekendwrench Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    X2 I hate it. :realmad:
  7. OP

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,326

    I am not a big fan of abs brakes myself. Traction control is ok
  8. ppandr

    ppandr Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    Exactly.....my partner has a Chevy 1500 that the ABS is f-ed up on, so I told him to pull the ABS fuse. He has been crying for months cause he is afraid to drive it without abs, the brakes are 100%. He's affraid to put any real weight in it becasue "it won't stop". He ordered a new hub 3 months ago. Funny, I have not had time to fix it for him.....:laughing:
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011
  9. chevyman51

    chevyman51 Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    I have not had a fuse in my abs system in 3 years. I was told the wheel speed sensor is what is causing my problem because of the rust but I stop just fine without it so I am not worried.
  10. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    The traction control on most rigs is a design that applies the brakes to the spinning wheel. It is not a good idea to have it on when plowing. It will wear out your brakes in about 10,000 miles. One of my employees has a 2008 Jeep liberty and the rear brakes were worn out in less than 30,000 miles from winter driving. I have a car with it and in the owners manual it tells to turn it off if you get stuck because it wont let the car spin the tires.
  11. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,796

    I crashed my Vette a couple years ago because I forgot to turn the TC off. I burped the throttle which was just enough for the car to do sideways (doesnt take much to put a blown Vette sideways), right as it was coming around it went into limp mode so I couldnt pedal out of it. Ended up going backwards up over a curb at about 40mph it was a little of this :realmad: and even more of this :eek:

    I plowed with a 2009 GMC that had TC and it let you know when you forgot to turn off the TC, that and the back up approach beeper thingy. I dont understand how you could even plow with the TC.
  12. F-250

    F-250 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    So, it sounds like most people agree to shut off ABS when plowing? I have a 2016 F-250 with 8 foot Fisher plow. I usually put 400 pounds of sand in the back end of the bed.
  13. leigh

    leigh PlowSite Veteran
    from CT
    Messages: 3,914

    All 8 of the posters from 8 years ago seem to agree .
  14. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,861

    I keep; ABS on traction control off
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  15. cwren2472

    cwren2472 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,577

    But would they still agree today? Perhaps we should message all 8 and find out.
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  16. OP

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,326

    Unless you like paying for brake repairs:laugh:
  17. leigh

    leigh PlowSite Veteran
    from CT
    Messages: 3,914

    Some are no longer with us ,they've broken the shackles of snow removal and moved on with their lives.
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  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    Didn't go back 8 years and read it, but how do you shut ABS off?
  19. leigh

    leigh PlowSite Veteran
    from CT
    Messages: 3,914

    Somebody mentioned pulling the fuse .
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  20. Masssnowfighter

    Masssnowfighter Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 696

    Same thing happened to me and almost killed me. Pulling out into traffic with no power because the roads where wet. Such a stupid feature in a vehicle, wish I could permanently disable it. Oh yeah and it was in a Dodge 3500, so it’s in all trucks now. And another thing, when the traction control is activated it sounds like the drive train is about to blow apart
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