TD5 Landrover Disco 2003 traction control

Submitted: Monday, Jul 19, 2004 at 21:37
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Hi all I got a few replies back about these 4wd's and thank you. Now I'm asking does anyone out there know how to disable thebleepty traction control system thats on these 4wdrive's. The local Landrover dealer had told me that you can full the fuse but this distable's the ABS as well. I just want the traction and hill desent disabled.

Rossco
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Reply By: Member - Lindsay S (Int) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:12

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:12
Just curious, why disable it. For all its shortcomings it is better than nothing, (open diffs) in most conditions. Do you have a centre difflock, the traction control behaves completely differently with and without.
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Follow Up By: Rossco100series - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 21:34

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 21:34
give me diff locks over TC any day

Rossco
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Follow Up By: Member - Lindsay S (Int) - Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 02:17

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004 at 02:17
Agree 100%. If you fit the diff locks they will defeat the traction control when they are engaged as the TC will never see the differential wheelspeed it is looking for. However, as you already have the disadvantage of the ABS and traction control, which as I see it is more to do with the potential cost at replacement time versus little advantage gained than anythinbg else, vulnerable ABS sensors etc. System failure is rare and not a show stopper if it does happen. Have a look at Maxi Drive units, a much better setup than ARB for Land rovers as they upgrade the axles as well.
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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:24

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 09:24
Hi Rossco

I am interested to know what the problems are that you are trying to solve by turning off the electronic wizadry.

From reading other comments on these systems it is hard to tell if they are really a problem or if we need to change driving styles to compensate.

I haven't seen anything which clearly explains how to use the systems.

Maybe they are a bit like ABS, I hardly know any one who has actually been taught how to use it.

Interested in your comments.

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A

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Follow Up By: Rossco100series - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 21:30

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 21:30
The place's I go every now and then you need to spin up the wheels just to clear the mud from the tread and it's just another thing that can break down.

Rossco
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Reply By: Member - Alan- Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:35

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:35
I read somewhere that if you lock the centre diff., then switch the vehicle off and restart, it'll will be switched off.
Haven't tried to turn it off personally but will do when I can get out from behind this desk for a while and into some sand!
A.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:50

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:50
Rossco,
with CDL engaged it'll go anywhere. My old one didn't have the CDL option so I pulled the TC fuse for dune work. No need to do this any more. It is almost unstoppable without any mods (other than Cooper STs instead of the Michelins).
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:52

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 11:52
I always have this monumental problem with 4WD manufacturers that fit all these gizmos and gadgets to account for the inexperinced 4WDer. Having driven 4bees for over 25 years I see an issue using brakes to slow down a decent when use of low range gearing is the prefered method to avoid skidding and brake burnout.

We find more 4WDs fitted with these control systems that cannot be unplugged as that effects another safety system on the vehicle.

If the traction control or driver assist should fail in some remote back water, will Bob the cattle station or diesel mechanic be able to get you going again, I think not.

Im' glad I got an "old" fashion Prado TD, manual transmission and transfer case without any of the traction control stuff, or even ABS. My wife, complete 4WD novice, can drive it perfectly off road.

One of the reasons I steared away from the Disco was the gadgets, gizmos and things that go "ping".

Wizard
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 12:58

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 12:58
If it really does give you the whoopsies on sand dunes and hard core off road stuff, then disable it, why the hell do you want abs in a sand dune anyway??
Even better still, mount a switch on the dash that just disable the whizz bang stuff so you can just turn it on and off as you please.
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Follow Up By: Rossco100series - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 21:31

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2004 at 21:31
I dont do any sand driving
Rossco
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