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Old 12-07-2013, 10:22 AM
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Default LSD and Traction Control on Ice Question

To all the experienced drivers on snow and ice, I have a question. How does the LSD and traction control help you when it comes to driving on snow and ice? I was driving home last night and I had the traction control on, and it seemed to really help keep the truck stable when turning. When I got in the neighborhood, I turned traction control off and decided to play a bit. I noticed that when I punched it, the rear end would really swing out. Why does that happen? When is it appropriate to run the traction control?
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To all the experienced drivers on snow and ice, I have a question. How does the LSD and traction control help you when it comes to driving on snow and ice? I was driving home last night and I had the traction control on, and it seemed to really help keep the truck stable when turning. When I got in the neighborhood, I turned traction control off and decided to play a bit. I noticed that when I punched it, the rear end would really swing out. Why does that happen? When is it appropriate to run the traction control?
I turn mine off all the time. Only if I have the kids in the car on the highway and am driving on pure ice. I wish you could disable it completely with a switch. My thinking is that everybody forgets how to drive with these nannys on all the time.

Your post is a perfect example. Not to be a smart ass, as that is not my intention.
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A LSD is actually not what you want on icy roads. They can bite you in a hurry if you're not paying attention. They're fine for low speed conditions, and that's what they're intended for.
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First of all nothing will help you on pure ice except spikes or chains. On snow covered or partially covered roads of course it will help you but like the others said don't let it get you over confident. Drive for the conditions no matter what kind of vehicle you are driving at the time and you should have no problems.

I have driven rear wheel drive, front wheel drive all wheel drive and 4wd in the snow and ice. I use the same common sense driving techniques no matter what i am driving. Again use this technology (LSD, traction control) as an aid to your driving skills not as a crutch for bad driving habits.

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Can somebody explain what the limited slip does and what the traction control does? They almost seem like redundant systems based on what a know about them (which isn't much).
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Limited slip means once one of your rear tires looses grip it will spin a couple turns then the opposite tire will engage to enable both tires to spin at the same rate.

Traction control is a braking force applied to the rear wheel to stop excess wheelspin (straight line only) Our trucks have another type of "stabilitrac" (think its a GM term) to again automatically apply the rear brakes or one of them to control sideways motion.(step out or cutting sh-tters for example)
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