Having driven my 2003 ZTW with a 5 speed manual and 4 snow tires on Canadian
winter roads, the traction control system seems to kick in often. I switched
it off to try to see what the difference is, and I haven't really been able
to appreciate any benifit.
What do other Focus drivers think of traction control?
DO you mean traction control or advance trak?
Advance trak works great here on the East coast. Espically when climbing
slick inclines. I turned it off and started fish tailing right away, turned
it on and the problem was corrected.
Advance trak was a very expensive option. What I have is traction control. I
am not sure how it works, but I guess when a wheel start to spin on snow,
the brakes are applied only to the spinning wheel.
There are two kinds of traction control over here, ASR and ESP.
My 2.0l has ASR out of the box, recently there was some snow, so
I could test it in addition to the Continental Winter Contact
(195/60 R15) tires. Have to admit I was impressed the Focus
easily drove increases with nearly 15%.;)
It's a big plus, that you can actually turn off the ASR system if
you like, hate systems I can't turn off. On a snow-free highway,
accidentally came with the left tires on the remaining snow (left
edge) with about 140 Km/h (~87 mph). One would have expect some
serious problems, but the ASR just kicked in.;)
AFAIK, how often the system kicks in, depends on the underground,
how you accelerate and of course on the traction of your snow
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