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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-13-2003, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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TCS button

Is anyone else sick of turning off the TCS every time you start the car. The car definately takes off smoother without it on or at least with the manual. So, the only time I do like the TCS on is in heavy rain, and I'm sure it will be useful if I ever need to drive it in the snow. Basicly I think we all drive with the TCS off most of the time. So I was wondering if anyone has considered switching the polarity(correct term?) of the switch so that the default setting was OFF. That way, it will always be off and we can turn it on when we want. I don't really trust myself with this type of thing without instructions. There is a reputable auto electician nearby but he gets $100/hr. with a 1 hr min. charge. Has anyone tried this?
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I SINCERELY doubt most of us drive with TCS off most of the time.

That being said, I'm sure it can be done.




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Yeah..most of us don't drive with it off, but I think what steel 6 meant was that if it weren't enabled by default, we probably wouldn't engage it with the button as much, unless constantly driving under less friendly road conditions.

I like having it on for the hell of it, and that annoying little yellow message that stays on when you turn TCS off is enough to force me to keep it on.

Regardless, if I want to try a stoplight race with another car, I always turn it off so that it doesn't add extra interference to the already friggin interfering delayed throttle response.
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When I get in my car, TCS is off before my seatbelt is on :P
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The idea had crossed my mind, that it'd be nice if it didn't come on by default, or if it wouldn't reset everytime the car was turned off...

Unfortunately, my guess is that everything is happening inside the computer, not at the switch. IOW, pressing that button just sends the computer a signal to diable the TCS. Any modification done to automatically disable the TCS would have to be done to the programming; i.e., making the default ON a default OFF.

Perhaps Diablo or one of these other vendors coming out with programmers (I believe DP's been toying with the idea of reprogrammed ECUs) could figure out how to do this for us. It'd be great if the Predator would allow you to choose to change it or not... that way those of us who wanted it OFF could have it OFF, and those who want it to stay ON can leave it alone...
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Does anyone know way the TCS button effects takeoff from a stop? Or way it effects the cars performance? I never had this feature before in any of my cars but I do notice that w/ it off it does help. And I agree the TCS light OFF on dash is very annoying.
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jrsy91gmc is right. The traction control is enabled in the computer. The switch just sends a signal to the computer. It would be very difficult and expensive to reprogram the computer. However someone with some electrical expierience may be able to make a switch that automatically switches the TCS off each time the car is started. It would probably use a remote turn on lead similar to an audio amp. This would trigger the switch one time. It would be placed in-line with the current switch so that the button still works.

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i never remember to turn it off
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When I start to feel the lag, I turn it off.


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That's a pretty good idea MVP... I bet it wouldn't be TOO hard to come up with a little circuit of some sort you could splice in behind the switch...

I don't know a whole lot about eletronics past the very basics, but you just need something that would send one pulse when you turn the car on... same as you hitting the switch each time, only it does it for you...

I don't suppose anyone has looked at the back of that switch yet? I wonder if it's passing through 12V...
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