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Old 04-11-2011, 03:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever had their ESP (Electronic Stability Program) cut in? I tried to get it to work by taking corners pretty fast but as yet, I can't get it to activate.
It's suppose to cut the throttle and brake one foe the wheels to help steer the car around a corner. The traction control works ok.

I'm probably not going fast enough. This is why I thought I'd start this thread just to see if anyone has ever had it work and what were the conditions under you got it to work??

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Yes, happens quite regularly on sand and on slippery surfaces such as muddy tracks.
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Keep an eye on the ESP light on the dash. It'll blink (5 times a second) when the system activates.
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Yeah i've had that light blink quite often well more so taking off a little hard in the wet....thought it was traction control...but then esp and traction control i thought were one and the same or at least work somewhat together....spose its like airbags....like to know they work but not too keen on finding out anytime soon :-)
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For sure, I've had the ESP cut in many times. But only on slippery ice and snow, never on dry pavement. The throttle dials back to almost zero and you can certainly feel and hear the ABS activate. The dash warning light is blinking its little heart out. The ESP really does work to correct a skid, as long as its not to extreme. There are limits. To get the ESP to activate on dry pavement I would guess you'd need to be moving at a much higher speed than is prudent or safe, you stand a real chance of flipping the vehicle on its roof. Like smikm says, its like checking your airbags by running into something.
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In sand for sure!
Just put 2 wheels in sand (2 left or 2 right) and leave the other two on tarmac. Floor it and you will see/feel. For the ultimate test of ESP drive on some dry sand, stop and then floor it!
If there is no sand nearby just cover a large area in a strong soapy solution - floor it and have some fun. The best thing is that it all cleans up with water.
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Many times. Mostly in snow or on ice. Sometimes on steep rough gravel tracks. Usually when cornering, and usually the brake traction control activates before the throttle backs off.

I've seen it happen once on pavement. Highway 3 east of Manning Park, there are some very sharp (30-40kph ) corners with undulating surfaces. With the GV loaded with people and baggage, I guess I took one a bit fast. I wasn't going fast enough to come anywhere losing control even without ESP, but I felt the inside rear wheel brake momentarily.

It's worth knowing that if you keep the gas pedal down, the throttle will come back to normal in a few seconds.
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