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  1. #1
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    Question Turning Off Traction Control *UPDATE with Scoop*

    I just downloaded the 3rd printing of the owner's manual and discovered something quite interesting. Apparently some Fiesta owners are capable of turning off the traction control system via the Vehicle menu in the center display. I say some owners because I do not have this selection available in my Vehicle menu.

    This sounds like one of those on-going enhancements that is applied to a model throughout the production cycle. Question: Can this enhancement be applied via a software patch or upgrade to owners of older Fiestas?

    And on a side note, the new owner's guide mentions an indicator light on the engine start/stop push button when the engine is on. My button has no separate indicator light. Does anyone else who has the push button start/stop have this indicator light?
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    damn! I hope that's true about an upgrade for the traction control thingy. I noticed that my menu had a 'Vehicle' option on it, but all that contained were the blinkers and chimes.
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    quoted from the 3rd Printing:

    Switching off AdvanceTrac
    -If the vehicle is stuck in snow, mud or sand, and seems to lose engine
    power, switching off certain features of the AdvanceTrac system may be
    beneficial because the wheels are allowed to spin. This will restore full
    engine power and will enhance momentum through the obstacle.
    -To switch off the AdvanceTrac system, select traction control off
    through the vehicle setting menu in the multi-function display. Full
    features of the AdvanceTrac system can be restored by selecting TCS
    again or by turning off and restarting the engine.
    -If you switch off the AdvanceTrac system, the traction control system
    will be de-selected in the multi-function display and the stability control
    off light will illuminate steadily. Selecting the AdvanceTrac system again
    will turn off the stability control off light.

    I'll have to check for this when I get home tonight....
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    I checked mine and it only has "chimes" and "lane change indicator" but no "traction control" under the vehicle menu.
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    Could one of out service techs check... is there an upgrade to the Fiesta's software to support this feature?

    This is definitely new to the 3rd printing. Good eyes, guys!
    Last edited by dirtyblueshirt; 10-27-2010 at 09:41 PM.
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    somewhere I read about having your systems updated... maybe on the Ford owners website. I know that there was some Sync program I could download to check the version of software on the Fiesta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slipster17 View Post
    somewhere I read about having your systems updated... maybe on the Ford owners website. I know that there was some Sync program I could download to check the version of software on the Fiesta.
    Unfortunately that's only for the Sync software, not the car's soft(firm?)ware
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    I'm hoping this feature can be added just by downloading a firmware patch. It's not like Ford added a physical button on the instrument panel to turn off the traction control. This is a feature that was programmed into the car's existing vehicle menu structure.

    I'm hoping one of our Faction service techs will shed some light on this.
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    The manual seems to indicate (if I am not misunderstanding the manual) that only TCS can be disabled, but not the ESC, isn't this kinda strange ?

    also if you don't know, the manual can be downloaded here http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdi...VEHICLE=Fiesta
    It talks about it on page 243
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    It would be great if there is a way for us with the early production cars to get a reflash that would add that option to our menu. The traction control system is horrible on ice, even with Blizzaks. The car won't let the wheel spin, so you sit with your foot stuffed to the floor and the car just sits still at idle. If you can find some snow off the road to drive on, you can get out of the ice. I ran into this last year on Christmas morning after a snow/ice storm. If anyone finds out more about a possible reflash, please let us know!
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