Traction Control and Stability Control Burley ID

Traction control is a logical evolution of the ABS system's underlying principles, only reversed. While ABS works to maximize traction during braking, the purpose of traction control is to mitigate loss of grip during acceleration.

College Boulevard Auto Sales
(208) 377-9711
4829 W Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID

Data Provided by:
First Class Autos
(208) 736-4646
643 2nd Avenue South
Twin Falls, ID
Hours
9-6 M-S

Sexton's Car Collection Inc
(208) 552-2277
585 E Anderson St
Idaho Falls, ID
Hours
Mon-Sat 10AM-7PM

Broadway Ford Used Cars
(208) 522-9147
960 Northgate Mile
Idaho Falls, ID

Data Provided by:
Hot Wheels N' Deals
(208) 658-0930
4829 W Chinden Blvd
Boise, ID

Data Provided by:
Phillips Auto
(208) 642-2186
920 S Main St
Payette, ID

Data Provided by:
Sneva's Affordable Cars
(208) 664-4798
2929 N Government Way
Coeur D Alene, ID

Data Provided by:
Dennis Dillon Auto Park
(208) 336-6172
2777 S Orchard St
Boise, ID
 
JFR USED CAR WAREHOUSE
(208) 855-0700
3983 E PINE AVE
MERIDIAN , ID
Car Makes
ALL MAKES
Hours
MONDAY - FRIDAY 9:00 - 6:00
Prices and/or Promotions
7K AND UP

Auto Credit
(208) 457-9787
120 W Seltice Way
Post Falls, ID

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Traction Control and Stability Control

Traction Control and Stability Control By Brian Alexander, Content Editor

Vehicle safety systems have become increasingly advanced over the past few decades. Where the seatbelt and airbag used to be our primary defenses against injury, cars are now equipped with active safety systems to prevent us from losing control of the vehicle in the first place.

The proliferation of onboard electronics in the eighties enabled carmakers to fit vehicles with increasingly advanced safety systems. The idea behind these new "proactive" safety systems was to correct potentially dangerous driver inputs. The first such system developed was antilock braking, which keeps drivers from locking up tires during hard braking by rapidly pulsating the brake calipers, thus safely minimizing braking distance.

Traction control is a logical evolution of the ABS system's underlying principles, only reversed. While ABS works to maximize traction during braking, the purpose of traction control is to mitigate loss of grip during acceleration.

When a vehicle accelerates from a stop or accelerates to pass another car, it does so by transferring power through friction created between the tires and the road. There are limits to how much friction a tire can take however, and once traction is lost, the tire stops accelerating and begins to spin freely. Think of a car doing a burnout - the tires are spinning beyond the limits of traction.

"Traction control systems work by electronically detecting tire slip and overriding the driver's throttle input, which limits torque to the driven wheels," says Alex Cardinali, Product Safety Engineer at Nissan of America.

When wheel spin is detected, the traction control system instantly compensates by correcting the driver inputs to the engine management system and applies less torque. Advanced traction control systems are even capable of applying light braking to slow the tires down to a speed at which they can regain traction. In older systems where the gas pedal is directly connected to the engine injection system via a throttle cable, traction control retards the engine by keeping cylinders from firing, limiting power to the driven wheels.

The next step on the safety ladder then is to gain control of a car's handling, also known technically as its yaw movement. While traction control focuses on the longitudinal (front-to-back) forces the car experiences, stability control focuses on the lateral (side-to-side) forces a car is subjected to and attempts to keep the front and back ends of the car in line through use of yaw sensors.

This means controlling "oversteer," a condition in which the vehicle's rear tires lose traction, as well as "understeer," a condition in which the vehicle's front tires lose traction.

"A stability control system such as Nissan's VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) works by controlling the rotational speed of each individual wheel. It does so by applying braking fo...

Click here to read the rest of the article from DriverSide