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I want to pass on an experience I had with the traction control on my 2015 Ford Edge AWD. I live in NW Ontario, Canada on the shore of Lake of the Woods. My driveway has a steep hill that I have to climb to get out. I have been driving up this hill in winter conditions for 26 years with 3 ford Explorers, a Ford Escape and 3 Ford Edges, all with 4WD or AWD and have never had a problem until now. Shortly after snow and some freezing rain I tried to drive up this hill. 3/4 of the way up, the traction control light came on and I lost power which stopped me at that point. I admit there was some spinning and sliding but that is normal. I tried to back down the hill but as soon as I started to move, the heavier front of the vehicle went first and I started to slide sideways down the hill. This hill is not much wider that the Edge is long and there are steep banks down to large rocks. Eventually I got turned around and got off the hill without going over the side. I checked the manual and determined how to turn off traction control which I did and drove out with no problem. Over the next couple of weeks I drove out with traction control disabled and again no problem. Then one day after turning it off I attempted to drive out and part way up the hill traction control turned back on by itself and cut power to the wheels stopping me at the same spot. It was a strange situation as both the traction control 'OFF' icon and the traction control 'ON' icon illuminated simultaneously, a situation that should never coexist. That condition eventually cleared itself after another uncontrolled decent down the hill and several attempts to manually clear it. I went to the dealer who couldn't do anything as the condition had cleared. While traction control may be an important safety feature on level ground it can be an unsafe feature on a hill so if anyone has a driving situation like mine, just be aware.

 

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On 12/10/2017 at 6:10 PM, ben senise said:

what kind of tires do you have on the edge?

Sorry.  I missed your post so am very late responding.  I had the original all season tires on the vehicle.  I believe they were Hanook.  Still no problem climbing the hill with traction control off.

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Traction control prevents wheel spin. There is also Stability Control which helps prevent skids. Stability Control cannot be turned off and when it is working to try to prevent a skid a light comes on. Probably that is what you were getting. 

 

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Yeah sounds like the stability control kicked in which on those models can not be turned off.  I know on my 2019 it can be turned off, I have to do donuts in the school parking lot during this past winter, but I am not sure if it can on other models.  I can not turn off the roll control on mine but I am not sure why I would want to, lol.  What Hankook tire do you have?  Some are not the best rated for snow and ice conditions even if they are all season. 

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