Cadillac cts

Thew stablization engaged message keeps coming on the message board on my cadillac cts for no reason in good dry road conditions, this is annoying. Why do you think this is happening?

A guess is your yaw sensor(basically feels if car is sliding) or wheel speed sensor is not reading correctly confusing the stability control system.

Bah, stability and traction control is for weenies. Real men don’t need such nanny features. :slight_smile: Take a few high performance driving courses and you’ll soon find that such features are more bothersome than helpful. Anyway, the problem with the car is likely a yaw sensor, but more than likely it’s just a computer glich. You can try disconnecting the battery and see if it clears out the error.

Your pretty wrong in winter conditions.

I had the opportunity to take a winter performance driving course and the instructor let me try the course and drive to the edge(to understand limits) with the VDC on and off. Guess which we both did better with?

I can drive around in the snow (6 inches) without incident in a supercharged V8 Mustang, with summer tires, and the traction control turned off by default. It’s not what you drive, it’s how you drive it. I can see where is cetain condtions some people may like it though.

No matter how good of a driver you may or may not be, the VDC has at least one major advantage over you. It can independently apply the brakes and any one or more of the four wheels. Does your car have four brake pedals, and do you have four feet?

Of course not. But by knowing your limits and the vehicle’s limits you should be able to maintain control of your vehicle. For example if you are in a tight bend and you feel the car starting to understeer, if you have a RWD car with a decent amount of power you can induce oversteer by getting on the gas harder and allowing the read of the car to rotate more. If you’re in a FWD vehicle the only thing you can do is lift or apply the brakes. I don’t know what basic driving dynamics aren’t being taught in driver’s ed.

The argument is about the fact that even if you are really good, you can be even better with the VDC. I don’t argue that the VDC replaces the need for a good driver and good training, I argue that it can help a good driver do even more extreme things with their car. Of course, the point isn’t to get into extreme situations on purpose, but that should they come up, you have an even better chance to deal with them. What is it that you can do better without VDC than you can do with it?

Driving around with summer tires in winter temps and conditions is dangerous and dare I say stupid on a regular basis. Sorry. The stopping distance is much longer than the crappiest all-seasons due to the compounds of tires turning rock hard.

Yes I agree you can get the car moving stopping is another story.

extract more performance out of the vehicle. Many of these systems are overbearing. Of course in everyday driving that isn’t an issue and many can be turned off. There are situations when you VDC and Traction Control is more trouble than it’s worth. Off-road for example. Or drifting (on a closed course naturally).

I am well aware of that and I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t need to. I had to get my lab to the vet quickly as she had apparently taken a drink of anti-freeze that my neighbor had careless failed to clean up (he knocked over a container of it, and someone thought that the snow would “absorb” it. My dog ate some of the cotaminated snow). At the time my Bronco was being fitted with 4.56 gears. So it I couldn’t use it. Anyway it wasn’t bad as one might think it would be. There was plenty of wheelspin, but I got there without much trouble. If I had used the traction control I wouldn’t have gone an inch since the computer would cut fuel in order to stop the wheelspin.