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Old 10-19-2011, 07:54 PM
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Hey guys, been a while since I have posted on here but I have a question for you. I am going camping for Halloween weekend with my 2009 Ram 1500 4x4. Now, I have been playing in the dirt for years and years with lots of previous toys (buggies, quads, trucks) but none of them have any type of electronic traction control or whatever I have on my truck. I know there is a button on the dash that if I push some squiggly lines show up on the instrument cluster. What is the purpose of this and do I need to worry about it in the sand. Basically, I am asking if I push the button, or don't do I have to worry about my truck trying to limit wheelspin when I don't want it to ?

Either way, I am going to take it out and experiment with it, but I just wanted a head start.

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I believe that if you disable traction control you tires will be able to spin at higher rpms. Helping you if you are stuck and all that jazz.
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If you don't press that button to turn off the traction control you might end up stuck. Dodge has software in there that cuts power and applies brakes to prevent 1) slipping of the tires and 2) fish tailing. It works surprisingly very well. If you don't turn it off, you'll mash the gas and spin in the sand/dirt and slow down big time.

Being from OC, Cali you probably haven't had the truck in the snow. When I first got my truck I would see how far it would slow me by taking corners hard in the snow. Damn thing almost slowed me down enough to end up straight. I was surprised and impressed.
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Directions from Owners Manual:

ESP Full Off
This mode is entered by pressing and holding the ESP OFF switch for five seconds when the vehicle is stopped and the engine is running. After five seconds, the “ESP/TCS Indicator Light” will illuminate and the “ESP Off” message will appear in the odometer. Press and release the trip odometer button located on the instrument cluster to clear this message.

NOTE: The “ESP OFF” message will display and the audible chime will sound when the shift lever is placed into the PARK position from any other position and then moved out of the PARK position. This will occur even if
the message was previously cleared.

In this mode, ESP and TCS except for the “limited slip” feature described in the TCS section are turned off until the vehicle reaches a speed of 40 mph (64 km/h). At 40 mph (64 km/h) the system returns to “Partial Off”

Full Off
This mode is intended for off-road use when ESP stability mode, described above. When the vehicle speed drops features could inhibit vehicle maneuverability due to trail below 35 mph (56 km/h) the ESP system shuts off. ESP is off at low vehicle speeds so that it will not interfere with off-road driving but ESP function returns to provide the stability feature at speeds above 40 mph (64 km/h). The “ESP/TCS Indicator Light” will always be illuminated when ESP is off. To turn ESP on again, momentarily press the ESP OFF switch. This will restore the normal “ESP On” mode of operation.

WARNING!
With the ESP switched off, the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable. In an emergency evasive maneuver the ESP system will not engage to assist in maintaining stability. “ESP Off” mode is intended for off-highway or off-road use only.
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Thanks for the input guys...guys I have a bit of reading and experimenting to do!
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Is there any way to totally be rid of the ESP? Cut some wires, remove a sensor?
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Is there any way to totally be rid of the ESP? Cut some wires, remove a sensor?
lol.... yeah, thats the answer! Just get under the dash and cut some wires! Im sure it will be fine!
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lol.... yeah, thats the answer! Just get under the dash and cut some wires! Im sure it will be fine!
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If you want any kinda of wheel speed your going to want to turn the traction control off! The first time I took my truck in mud it wouldn't spin the tires and I almost got stuck, I turned the traction control off and mud went flying....Good times!
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Turn it off while off road and you'll be fine. Don't forget you also have 4WD...you'll wanna turn that on, too...
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