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Old 12-13-2010, 07:47 PM
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Default Traction control on or off when stuck in snow?

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Very heavy snow in Michigan today. This morning I was plowing the
driveway, stacking snow pretty high, and went in too aggressive on one
pass and got the truck stuck.

I had a heck of a time with it. Had to shovel snow out from under the
plow assembly and put boards under the front wheels and sand under the
back wheels. Finally got it to move. I did not turn off the traction
control.

I noticed when I was trying to get it to move that I had to apply a lot of
power and got very little wheel spin. If you're using your truck to plow
snow, do you turn off the traction control while plowing, and if you get
stuck is it more likely to move if you leave the traction control on or off?

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i don't have traction control, but my boss had a bmw m5 that he got stuck in the snow. he was messing with it for like 40 mins trying to get it unstuck, then someone told him to turn off the traction control. once he did that, he was unstuck in less than a minute.
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Page 392 of the owners manual...
Thanks! I guess from what that part of the manual says that traction
control should be turned off whenever plowing snow and for sure when
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i don't have traction control, but my boss had a bmw m5 that he got stuck in the snow. he was messing with it for like 40 mins trying to get it unstuck, then someone told him to turn off the traction control. once he did that, he was unstuck in less than a minute.
I'll say one thing for the traction control....it did prevent wheelspin that
would perhaps have buried the truck even deeper. Once I shoveled most
of the snow out from under the plow frame and put boards under the front
wheels and sand under all four wheels, I backed it out of the snow
bank okay.

But maybe it would have pulled out of the snowbank on the first try if I
had turned the traction control off.

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but maybe it would have pulled out of the snowbank on the first try if I had turned the traction control off.
When a 4x4 is stuck, it's usually stuck pretty good (as you found out). The benefit of turning the traction control off was likely marginal. I'd keep a shovel in the truck regardless.
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When a 4x4 is stuck, it's usually stuck pretty good (as you found out). The benefit of turning the traction control off was likely marginal. I'd keep a shovel in the truck regardless.
Very true, ken! This is not the first time I've buried a plow truck in a
snowpile.

I plowed today with traction control turned off and the truck seemed to
handle the deep snow a little better.

Very much appreciate the tip on this here on the forum. I didn't realize
that you had to press and hold the traction control button 5 seconds to
turn it off.

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