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01-01-2017 04:31 PM
sailor Yanking the appropriate fuse in an emergency is std. for any vehicle so equipped, done it with 18 Wheelers when necessary to get unstuck.

Driving without the gadgets is like driving ANY older car without them.
01-01-2017 01:43 PM
Lash LaRue I'm resurrecting this thread, because I have a cheapskate "S" model and think this is a very relevant subject matter that is worth re-hashing.

So, to recap (for those of you who don't have time to read through all the posts), the base "S" model has no native way to disable traction control ergo no way to allow for a bit of excess wheel spin to get unstuck in extreme snow conditions.

@MetalMuffins, that is one cool idea you have there!

Question: how does the car react when you yank fuse F19 and ABS/ESC/TSC/Torque Vectoring are all turned off? Does it give you all sorts of angry idiot lights? Most importantly, how does the car handle when driving in snow after the fuse has been yanked out? I take it that this is an effective way to regain driver-control over your wheel spin, to the extent that the differential will allow?

My idea is: if I ever get stuck somewhere on my mile-long unpaved driveway in the snow, just get out of the car, yank fuse F19 and try to run with it. Would this idea work? I'd rather try this than bother rigging up a switch and have to worry about the wrath of the insurance adjuster...

Thank you!

- LL

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Originally Posted by MetalMuffins View Post
I also read that, plus I had my BCM go haywire last year, but I don't think it was related. I would say take it with a grain of salt is all. I've had it for a few months now and not had an issue this winter.
02-18-2014 09:34 PM
TurbineWagon As we say in aviation, the best policy is the policy that covers yo ass. Lol
02-17-2014 03:19 PM
MetalMuffins
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Originally Posted by TurbineWagon View Post
As long as it's a quick swap back to stock. ;)
Quick enough, just a quick snip to pull the wires out and pop the fuse back in the original place

I leave it on most of the time anyways, but appreciate where your coming from.
02-17-2014 03:12 PM
TurbineWagon As long as it's a quick swap back to stock. ;)
02-17-2014 03:08 PM
Laminar
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Originally Posted by TurbineWagon View Post
On my Subaru I just pulled the fuse, which worked fine on that car since you could just plug it back in. The MK3 is obviously more complicated.
All he did was pull the fuse, too. He just installed a handy switch inline with the fuse. It could be pulled out and fuse reinstalled easily enough.
02-14-2014 11:16 AM
TurbineWagon Wow, so you can't even turn it off in the S?


That's pretty mindblowing. We got stuck a few times so far this winter in the Focus... only thing that got us out was disabling the TC through the stupid menu system. 15" of snow + TC = fail.

I would caution those who are hardwiring anything that could disable your ABS. I hate ABS with a firey passion but hardwiring a way to disable it will almost guarantee that you are denied insurance coverage if you ever get into an accident. On my Subaru I just pulled the fuse, which worked fine on that car since you could just plug it back in. The MK3 is obviously more complicated.
02-12-2014 09:03 AM
MetalMuffins
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Originally Posted by iakoboss7 View Post
i have read somewhere here (or another big site for focus in europe, i dont remember) that somebody that had pulled this fuse it ultimately damaged the "motherboard" in his car.
I also read that, plus I had my BCM go haywire last year, but I don't think it was related. I would say take it with a grain of salt is all. I've had it for a few months now and not had an issue this winter.
02-12-2014 08:58 AM
iakoboss7 i have read somewhere here (or another big site for focus in europe, i dont remember) that somebody that had pulled this fuse it ultimately damaged the "motherboard" in his car.
02-12-2014 08:32 AM
MetalMuffins
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Originally Posted by bshin352 View Post
If you unplug the tc relay doesn't that kill abs and esc? Correct me if I'm wrong
You are correct. I have a switch wired on the 5A fuse for the entire system. This kills the TC, ESC, ABS, and Torque Vectoring. I don't recommend leaving it off all of the time, but it is nice to have an override if you want or need to
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