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During this last winter, I wanted to play around a little, with some 4 wheel drifts. BUT as you may have guessed GM's traction control and stabilitrak put a quick end to that. I know there is a button to turn off the traction control, but I was unable to disable the stabilitrak.

I was reading about another car make, that if you held the button down long enough (I assume traction control) it would disable. Is there anything like that for my 08 Acadia?
 

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:eek: Wow, drifting in an Acadia! Now THAT would be something to see.
 

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With the higher center of gravity, are you sure that's something you want to do with a people mover? I'm sure the tire companies will love you though. :)
 

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Whether You think I should ever disable it or not, does anyone know if it is possible?
 

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happy29 said:
Whether You think I should ever disable it or not, does anyone know if it is possible?
Anything is possible if you know where the fuse or plug is located!
 

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Not looking to pull a fuse, some vehicles allow you to disable their stability control (although it is usually sports cars) Just thought there might be a procedure like holding down a certain switch for a period of time.

Oh well I guess.
 

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happy29 said:
Not looking to pull a fuse, some vehicles allow you to disable their stability control (although it is usually sports cars) Just thought there might be a procedure like holding down a certain switch for a period of time.

Oh well I guess.
I know some of the early 2000's Saleen's had this feature; wow what a ride that was :thumb:
 

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Current mustangs have it also, so do the Vettes, and BMW's
 

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I thought there was a button beside the tow/haul button that disabled the stabilitrak. Although I know when I disabled it last snow fall, there was still a bit of big brother.
 

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I thought there was a button beside the tow/haul button that disabled the stabilitrak. Although I know when I disabled it last snow fall, there was still a bit of big brother.
I stand corrected; that button will disable the system; removed my previous post
 

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That is just the traction control, stabilitrak is what keeps the vehicle from sliding/drifting by applying the brakes individually if needed.
 

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happy29 said:
That is just the traction control, stabilitrak is what keeps the vehicle from sliding/drifting by applying the brakes individually if needed.
Last winter when I took my son out for his first drive in the snow, I left it enabled. But then I turned it off before he made a right turn and the vehicle definitely slid around that corner with no traction whatsoever. So maybe my "stabilitrak" is dysfunctional.

Sorry I don't have much else than that to contribute. When I press that button, the vehicle behaves as if it is off.
 

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Nothing in the owners man about disabling stabiltrak just the traction control. I will do a little more research and let you know if I find anything.
 

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From the owners manual:

StabiliTrak® System

The vehicle has the StabiliTrak system which combines antilock brake, traction and stability control systems and helps the driver maintain directional control of the vehicle in most driving conditions.

When you first start the vehicle and begin to drive away, the system performs several diagnostic checks to ensure there are no problems. The system may be heard or felt while it is working. This is normal and does not mean there is a problem with the vehicle. The system should initialize before the vehicle reaches 20 mph (32 km/h). In some cases, it may take approximately two miles (3.2 km) of driving before the system initializes.

If the system fails to turn on or activate, the StabiliTrak light along with one of the following messages will be displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC): TRACTION CONTROL OFF, SERVICE TRACTION CONTROL, SERVICE STABILITRAK. If these conditions are observed, turn the vehicle off, wait 15 seconds, and then turn it back on again to reset the system. If any of these messages still appear on the Driver Information Center (DIC), the vehicle should be taken in for service. For more information on the DIC messages, see Driver Information Center (DIC).

The StabiliTrak light will flash on the instrument panel cluster when the system is both on and activated.

The system may be heard or felt while it is working; this is normal.

The traction control disable button is located on the instrument panel below the climate controls.

The traction control part of StabiliTrak can be turned off by pressing and releasing the traction control disable button.

Traction control can be turned on by pressing and releasing the traction control disable button if not automatically shut off for any other reason.

When the traction control system is turned off, the StabiliTrak light and the appropriate traction control off message will be displayed on the DIC to warn the driver. The vehicle will still have brake-traction control when traction control is off, but will not be able to use the engine speed management system. See "Traction Control Operation" next for more information.

When the traction control system has been turned off, system noises may be heard and felt as a result of the brake-traction control working.

It is recommended to leave the system on for normal driving conditions, but it may be necessary to turn the system off if the vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow, and you want to "rock" the vehicle to attempt to free it. It may also be necessary to turn off the system when driving in extreme off-road conditions where high wheel spin is required. See If Your Vehicle is Stuck in Sand, Mud, Ice, or Snow.

Traction Control Operation

The traction control system is part of the StabiliTrak system. Traction control limits wheel spin by reducing engine power to the wheels (engine speed management) and by applying brakes to each individual wheel (brake-traction control) as necessary.

The traction control system is enabled automatically when the vehicle is started. It will activate and the StabiliTrak light will flash if it senses that any of the wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction while driving. If traction control is turned off, only the brake-traction control portion of traction control will work. The engine speed management will be disabled. In this mode, engine power is not reduced automatically and the driven wheels can spin more freely. This can cause the brake-traction control to activate constantly.

Notice: If the wheel(s) of one axle is allowed to spin excessively while the StabiliTrak, ABS and brake warning lights and any relevant DIC messages are displayed, the transfer case could be damaged. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Reduce engine power and do not spin the wheel(s) excessively while these lights and messages are displayed.

The traction control system may activate on dry or rough roads or under conditions such as heavy acceleration while turning or abrupt upshifts/downshifts of the transmission. When this happens, a reduction in acceleration may be noticed, or a noise or vibration may be heard. This is normal.

If cruise control is being used when the system activates, the StabiliTrak light will flash and cruise control will automatically disengage. Cruise control may be reengaged when road conditions allow. See Cruise Control.

StabiliTrak may also turn off automatically if it determines that a problem exists with the system. If the problem does not clear itself after restarting the vehicle, see your dealer/retailer for service.
 

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Stabilitrak cannot be disabled manually like traction control; although traction control is part of the Stabilitrak system. Stabilitrak can be disabled if the system detects some kind of error, but that is the vehicle doing this not the owner.
 

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There are two fuses you can pull to fully disable traction control / Stabilitrack (and possibly ABS since they are all linked)...

They pull these fuses when you run your car on a dyno... ;D
 

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I looked through my owner's manual and was unable to locate a fuse/relay for Stabilitrak. Either there isn't one, or the system is incorporated into another fuse/relay and it's not marked
 

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Unlike the Acadia, you can fully disable Stabilitrak in my Silverado. Push the "button" once and traction control is turned off, push it a second time and Stabilitrak is disabled, then it's donut city in snowy parking lots. ;D
 
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