Using Traction Control Off Road

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Did you know your traction control can be a benefit off road? Read more to find out how.

Traction control can be a wonderful thing and sometimes it can be a pain in the … well you know. Traction control is designed to minimize wheel slippage to maintain traction. The problem is sometimes you need that wheel spinning to get through terrain like mud and sand.

For that reason almost all 4WD vehicles turn off traction control when you engage their low range function. There are some cases where you want that functionality back. We use a Jeep JK to show how and why you might want it to work.

With the JK platform getting the traction control to activate is really simple and as easy as proper throttle control. On a Tacoma there is the A-Trac button that allows you to reengage the system, read your manual and check out model specific forums to learn how your vehicle works. You can also check out a class with our friends at Off Road Consulting to learn how to use it. Watch the video for a situation where this is a useful feature. Make sure the volume is loud enough to hear the tire slipping and the traction control engage.

This is a simulated event as the Rubicon pictured has front and rear lockers and could easily compensate for this terrain. If you had a Sport or Sahara, Cherokee, or other non-locker vehicle maximizing this “feature” can get you through some very tough terrain.

The key is when the tire starts to slip that you lightly feather the throttle and allow the vehicle to sort out the traction. If you gas it hard you will just spin, the traction control won’t engage and you will need to reposition and start over. Nice and easy is the name of the game.

Have you run into any situations where traction has helped you through?

William Connor

As the Editor, William is responsible for all the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent that happens at 4WAAM. William brings a wide range of experience to this role having been a cook, a painter, a machinist, part time mechanic, computer programmer, and writer. He also wields a freely shared opinion on just about everything., just ask him.

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