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Has anybody else noticed that when you disable traction control, it still activates when the tires spin? I was going through some deeper snow this morning and thought I would try no traction control with just the awd system, but the traction control would still kick on. What's the point of having a button to disable the traction control when it still activates.
 

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Is there a way described in the manual that tells you how to turn off the traction control? I know on C6 Vettes there is different things you have to do to turn off Traction control and Active Handling. So, maybe you're supposed to hold the button down for a few seconds, or press it twice or something.
 

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I know with my Silverado pushing the traction control button for about 1 sec. shuts it off and holding it down for another 5 shuts down Stabilitrack (a must for doing donuts in the snow ;D ). I've never played around with the Acadia though.
 

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Your 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 your vehicle and begin to drive away, the system performs several diagnostic checks to ensure there are no problems. You may hear or feel the system working. This is normal and does not mean there is a problem with your vehicle. The system should initialize before the vehicle reaches 20 mph (32 km/h). In some cases, it may take approximately two miles 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 you see these conditions, 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), your 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.

You may also feel or hear the system 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. Your 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, you may still hear system noises as a result of the brake-traction control coming on.

It is recommended to leave the system on for normal driving conditions, but it may be necessary to turn the system off if your vehicle is stuck in sand, mud, ice or snow, and you want to "rock" your 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 you start your vehicle. 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 you turn off traction control, 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, you may notice a reduction in acceleration, or may hear a noise or vibration. This is normal.

If your vehicle is in cruise control when the system activates, the StabiliTrak light will flash and the cruise control will automatically disengage. When road conditions allow you to use cruise again, you may re-engage the cruise control. 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, you should see your dealer/retailer for service.
 

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the traction control is pretty handy and functional. ours turns off completely. i keep it on because that function works, not just a gimick or a dudad thingymagig that lights up. good job GM.
 

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Rather than start a new thread on traction control that Mr. Blue would have to merge with this one, I thought I’d just put my post in the proper place. ;)

I took advantage of the 4 inches of fresh snow we got last night and took my 16 year old son out for a drive in the neighborhood so he could get a feel for what it’s like to drive in inclement weather. ;D

When we started out, I had the traction control on, so he really didn’t have too many problems taking off, stopping or taking turns. The traction control was activating almost constantly. Then I turned it off. *evil grin* He took a right turn and we slid toward the other side of the road. He freaked a little bit, but not too much. He was able to regain control very quickly and get us going again. But after that, even with the TC off, I noticed that it still seemed to be kicking in once in a while. So maybe it was a fluke that we slid around that corner after I turned it off.

By the time we got home, he said that he couldn’t believe a 5,000+ vehicle can slide all over the road like that. Lesson learned. I plan to take him out any time we get some more snow on the ground.
 

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We are getting rare snow in my area w/ black ice. Couldn't be more happy with how the Acadia is handling it. :thumb:
 

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I want to disable the garbage traction control so that I dont get the reduced engine power. Acadia is junk. sign up at geocities.ws/gmcclassactionlawsuit to be included in the settlement
 

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whats been done to correct - what is causing the Stabilitrac to be disabled?
 

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lemonowner9 said:
I want to disable the garbage traction control so that I dont get the reduced engine power. Acadia is junk. sign up at geocities.ws/gmcclassactionlawsuit to be included in the settlement
This guy's latest posts are nothing more than :spam: and not deserving of a reply! Look at all his other previous posts. Is there anything in them that you can believe?
 

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i wonder of lemonowner bought the Acadia wrecked (salvage tittle)?
 

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This is an old thread but, I agree, the constant Nannying that goes on in these vehicles Sucks! Just let me drive my car the way that I want to. Pressing the Traction control button should allow me to spin the wheels as much as I darn well please!

I agree, though, a lot of his posts are SPAM!
 
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