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Today 12:13 AM
n8 dawg I never cared for traction control. I know I hit 2nd gear a few days ago and the TCS kicked in and it was like I hit a wall, I thought the engine cut out and I broke the car then I saw the TCS light on. I guess it can be turned off but I didnt see a switch so it must be in the settings menu I'm guessing. As far as snow goes, I have yet to drive the focus in it. I have a 4x4 silverado with some Goodyear duratracs so I doubt the focus will get much drive time in snow.

If you think the focus is bad in the snow try driving a mustang, I got mine stuck in my driveway not pressing in the gas just barely letting off the clutch and was spinning. I hit the gas and it went sideways and sat there for about 5 days before the snow/ice melted. I just wanted to go out and play in the snow with it but I couldn't even do that lol. I also had some high performance street tires on it which have no traction for the snow.
Today 12:08 AM
felixthecat Sounds like I'd be turning it off as needed.
Yesterday 11:35 PM
Originally Posted by detonator555 View Post
I agree with the OP. This is NOT a good winter car. It might be fine in areas with moderate snowfall or hardpacked snow, but it's not working well up here in ski country.

1) I have proper NEW snow tires (15" winter, 16" summer) with fresh studs. I've lived in snow/ice country my entire life. My previous vehicles have ranged from RWD V8 cars and pickup trucks to FWD small cars and minivans to 4WD Rangers and a 2008 4WD Escape. Each vehicle type requires its own finesse, to be sure. Traction is important, but so is the vehicle's tendency to push in corners, stopping ability, manners in snow and slush, and reaction to gusts of crosswind. Tires are important, but some cars are simply better in winter than others.

2) The traction control is way too sensitive for wheel-spin and kills momentum when you NEED it. The correction on the yaw control is aggressive, and we all know that exaggerated movements on snow/ice are not ideal. My Escape had the traction control button on the dash...that's where it should be. This nonsense of scrolling through a menu while you're driving is ridiculous; TC is one of those items where you need it on the fly, not deselected when you start the car. I desperately needed traction control OFF a couple of weeks back when pulling into a slushy, greasy intersection...the car just limped along as I feathered the gas and tried to outwit the computer. I looked like a slow senior citizen trying to jaywalk.

3. The whacky transmission makes it hard to be in the right RPM range for different conditions. I end up using the "hill assist" feature to hold gears longer between shifts, but again it's the driver having to outwit the car.

4. There is no warning light for low washer fluid. For most of you, that's just a convenience. For those of us with heavily salted roads on a sunny morning, it's beyond precarious. Yes, fluid top-ups are done regularly, but a warning light is just keeps you safe.

5. The "Courtesy Wipe" feature where the blades do one last "swish" 3 seconds after activating the washer fluid is infuriating. It turns a perfectly clean windshield into a smeared mess when you've got salt brine kicked up from other vehicles. I hated it on the Escape, and I hate it more on this smaller, lower vehicle.

Anyway, it's a quirky car in the best of weather, but doesn't cut the mustard as a winter driver in heavy snow zones. I dislike it to the point where, when a tree fell on it at work a few weeks back, I was praying for a total loss. It wasn't. I've put 45,000 km's on it in one year, and it still feels weird to me.
I have found the traction control to be one of the most dangerous things on this car. I have become stuck so many times with it on and the car wouldn't move at all!
We just received 30 cm of snow and it is a nightmare driving with this crappy system on!
04-11-2013 07:04 PM
kirkus8 i worked at a ski resort and drove my focus there 5 times a week. studded snow tires (general altimax) did great!
04-09-2013 02:06 AM
Cleric670 Not much of a hassle aside from purchasing the items, not sure if they're a proprietary item for Ford or if they're universal, quick call to the tire store should answer that since they deal with them regularly now. You don't install them the tire shop does, it's the entire valve stem assembly, but the schrader valve inside it IS universal and probably not supplied with the kit. Any tire shop will have ample supply of those tho. Factory TPMS can run upwards of $50 PER TIRE so keep that in mind.
04-09-2013 02:03 AM
thenorm you can ignore it/cover the dash light.
check your insurance coverage which may require functioning tpms.
TPMS arent that expensive. search the forums and shop around.

I lol'd taht you got extra money for the summer tires. those are expensive tires, you fleeced the dealer.
i also reccomend dedicated snow tires. they're awesome.
04-08-2013 08:33 PM
wwr123 How much of a headache is this? Or can I swap for wheels without one and just ignore/mute the warning?
04-08-2013 01:27 PM
Cleric670 When considering a second set of rims just keep in mind you will need the proper Tire Pressure Monitoring valvestems installed.
04-08-2013 12:53 PM
gsxrboy I don't know if this has been discussed before, but it bears mentioning again. There is a difference in tires from All Season to All Weather. All seasons only cover spring, summer and fall. All Weather has the Snow logo and will cover Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. So when buying tires in an area that there might be snow, you will have to consider your choices. Performance on these tires I am sure will be a whole different debate.
04-08-2013 12:35 PM
PratoN Winter-dedicated tires are a great idea. I have 15" steel rims with 195/65R15 LRR winter tires. You won't regret it.

You may like the 16" better as the 15" wheels are kind of "rubber bandy" with all of that side wall slop if you know what I mean.
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