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Possible traction control issue?

stevewushu Dec 31, 2011

  1. stevewushu

    stevewushu Member

    My S3 seems to be losing serious traction around bends especially in the damp. And the traction control light flashes on when I do do.
    The ESP button is on so I'm assuming that there may be an issue with it?
    Anyone had this prob also?

    Didn't have this prob with my previous pre facelift S3 before, and not when I purchased this one (x-reg) 6 months ago.
  2. jezzy

    jezzy Member

    im having the same issues as yourself.
    my tc light keeps flashing in the wet when i put my foot down or in and out of corners.
    In the dry my car is fine, it grips well and the rear wheels cut in when i try to wheel spin.
    I think my problem is rubbish tyres. they are kendra ****. they were on when i got the car.
    Im quite happy to continue till i can afford a decent set.
    i aint a mad man trying to break records around my local area.
    hope this helps
  3. AARON77

    AARON77 Well-Known Member

    Turn the traction control off ;)
  4. camscockle20vT

    camscockle20vT The stigs ugly brother

    Lol was going to suggest that,

    The traction light flashes to say its working and cutting the power so your car is fine. Try better tyres as suggested or just take corners at a reasonable speed lol
  5. stevewushu

    stevewushu Member

    Yeah the tyres are cheapo ones, and I usually drive sensibly it's just that on occassion I have wanted to see where the cars cornering limit is (when it's safe to do so), and that's when I found it sliding unusually more than normal in damp conditions.
    But if the TC light flashes on when it happens at least I know it's working!
    Does it make much difference that I have 18's on and lowered at bit?
  6. <tuffty/>

    <tuffty/> Badger 5 Edition...Its all about the flow... Staff Member Moderator Audi S3

    ESP is not the same kinda 'driving aid' that cars like Evo's etc come with... it can't fight the laws of physics either... if you have **** tyres you will find a ditch... its probably the ESP that has saved you so far with cheap tyres on tbh...

  7. stevewushu

    stevewushu Member

    Yeah by the sounds of it the **** tyres are the only culprit. Like I said, in the dry it grips like it should.
    Time for a change!
    Thanks for the info on TC guys.

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