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Further to Tim's reply there are different types of traction control , some limit the amount of fuel at pull away other as Tim explained do work by slightly applying the brakes , another form is even more complicated by allowing the power from the engine to be limited electronicly but this type is usually found on the Mercedes, BMW'S and other marques of this type , and ofcourse the so called road legal super cars ! this is all carried out by the vehicles PCM

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"Traction Control" is a horrible thing the manufacturers have started adding to vehicles. What happens is... they install an engine with plenty of power for hauling loads, passing, and so on. They do not, on the other hand, want you to have all that extra power when you pull away from a stopsign or stoplight. In order to "protect you" from all that power, if the vehicle detects that you're accelerating faster than you "should", it automatically applies the BRAKES while YOU are accelerating. Without ever notifying you that it's doing so. With no warning that your brakes are likely to wear out much faster than they would in a non-"traction control" car.

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