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Old 01-04-2005, 02:27   #1 (permalink)
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Had my car into my dealer ( CITY FORD) for some warranty work, problem with traction control.
Activates at any throttle opening intermitantly, any speed any gear. Only safe way is too drive the car with traction control switched off.

Dealer agreed, the traction control was malfunctioning but they did not have a fix. Suggested I contact FPV.
Today I contacted FPV & was told there was a software fix, but it would not work if I had any performance modifications, such as headers, performance chips or other inhancements. When I questioned how headers could effect the traction control that activated intermitantly, not under hard acceleration.

I was told the software would not work with modification & could not get any further clarification.

Is this Ford trying to deny warranty to performance enhanced cars?

Anyone else had this fault.

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Old 01-04-2005, 02:54   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Traction control

Can't help you other than saying "turn it off".

(I'm sure someone will have a more useful answer)
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:12   #3 (permalink)
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Can't help you other than saying "turn it off".

(I'm sure someone will have a more useful answer)
I don't use the traction control, but its part of the car & should work.

My concern is Ford is looking for any excuse to avoid warranty work.
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:27   #4 (permalink)
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all l can tell you is that the traction control becomes very sensitive after you put mods on car the best thing l have found is to turn it off as l see it as unsafe at times
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Re: Traction control

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I was told the software would not work with modification & could not get any further clarification.

Is this Ford trying to deny warranty to performance enhanced cars?

Anyone else had this fault.

Regards Brett
Haven't had this fault, but the answer you've been given sounds like total crapola!!

How any electronic system would be "aware" of something inanimate and passive like headers (chips?? who knows), beggars belief!

I also fail to see how a software revision is going to fix something that was working once upon a time, and now is not??

It's not like it works, but not very well - hence a software improvement will improve a poorly performing piece of code. The system was working, and now it's not - unless the software that controls this system has become corrupted, my guess is, a software fix is not your problem.

I would be putting my money on the complementary system that feeds the traction control its info - things like the sensors that detect when loss of traction occurs, or the actual traction control module/system that tells the ignition system to remove cylinder spark or whatever it does to retard power.
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I don't use the traction control, but its part of the car & should work.

My concern is Ford is looking for any excuse to avoid warranty work.

You know i have the total upmost respect for my dealer and for Ford and for FPV.

There warranty control with me has been 110 percent.

Havent u had an engine replaced under warranty?

I have had to turn it off when i drive but my misses leaves it on... it cuts in all the time when i drive even under light load....
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Re: Traction control

Guy's buy a Ute the only Traction Control needed is 2 good rear tyres...and a tight LSD...LOL...
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Guy's buy a Ute the only Traction Control needed is 2 good rear tyres...and a tight LSD...LOL...
lol, i purposely bought a ute so i didnt have to worry about turning it off all the time.
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Re: Traction control

Sounds like it has some sort of wheel speed sensor fault or a damaged tone wheel. Could also have a malfuntioning control module.
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Sounds like it has some sort of wheel speed sensor fault or a damaged tone wheel. Could also have a malfuntioning control module.
I totally agree with both of the previous posts, I suspect its a componant failure & not a software fault.
Why would increasing performance effect the traction control system

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