Originally Posted by dasilvarsa
Traction Control and ESP and other features are part and parcel of the ABS unit,
The only way to switch it off is through the display menus.
It would be Downright Dangerous and Irresponsible to purposely fiddle with the ABS sensors in any way. Taking out the Fuse would probably make the car unusable.
I've switched off the TC and it comes back by itself once the Ignition is cycled.
Does the "S" model not have a menu display ?
S Model does have a menu display, but it is ultra-simplistic -- and the S model has no steering wheel controls, so carrying out the keystrokes indicated in the owner's manual is impossible.
Further, Customer Svce Rep Natasha confirms that TCS is not switchable (off) in the S model, and agreed that the owner's manual is rather unclear in this regard.
Your comment about fiddling with the ABS sensor wiring: it is downright dangerous to NOT have cancellable TCS. Many have found, on this car, and on the original 2011 Fiesta, that they are effectively stranded in an intersection, on glare ice, in circumstances where a vehicle is bearing down on them. They get zero response from the engine under these extreme circumstances. It's called "being a sitting duck". No one wants to disable ABS -- but in my opinion, it is warranted under these extreme conditions. As I posted, the suggestion is to momentarily switch off the systems -- and then once mobile, again, immediately reactivate the systems (which takes about 20 seconds of re-boot time).
I should also mention that at no time did I suggest removal of the fuse. The only semi-safe way to do this, is to equip the car with a dashboard mounted switch -- better yet, with a next-start reset relay arrangement -- but obviously to immediately, then, switch the systems back on.
The fact that you have to cycle thru a bunch of menu steps to access the "TCS off" function -- on the SE, SEL, and Titanium, is also an inane design idea! The car needs a dashboard switch, as this function is a main driving control!