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Had a miserable experience in what I consider minuscule amount of snow this weekend. While I haven't installed Blizzaks yet, I didn't feel we've had enough snow to worry. Took a run up to the Upper Peninsula to catch some snow with the sled. My brother was able to drive my truck and trailer up earlier.

This traction control is so invasive, it just shuts you down even in minor snow. I had to be pulled into the cabin drive and then pulled up the minor hill on the road.... talk about embarrassing!

Pulling the fuse does not disable the traction control, it will still shut the power down to the wheels. My 2008 was a beast in the snow with Blizzaks and the Traction Defeat triggered. Hell, I pulled a sled over 400 miles with that car on unplowed roads and driveways!

Does anyone have Russian connections that might be able to hack a solution?




The old Smarty never gave up......even in deep snow.

 

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I watch my son with his 2017 jeep Patriot (2wd) and he has to shut off the traction control quite a bit, but he has a switch on the dash for disabling it. I think it would be a good option for the smart. I was stuck on ice on my neighbor's driveway. Perfectly flat and I couldn't move. How embarrassing!
 

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Has anyone figured this out yet? Like said, pulling the ESP fuse does nothing.

This is ridiculous. My 2008 was a tank in the snow.
 

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It would cost me $60 to resume my subscription to smarttekinfo, so I could pull some information and try to sort it out. Evilution doesn’t have the answer yet? I wouldn’t be surprised if Kane has figured it out already....
 

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Remember, it took to 2010 (three years after initial release) for someone in a Spanish-speaking country to discover the 451's esp button trick. Prior to that, everyone was just yanking out Fuse 11. If a trick for the 453 exists, someone will eventually discover it.

It may not exist for the 453 if MB wasn't impressed at us discovering the trick for the 451.
 

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Manual says to use snowflake tires on the 15x5 and 15x5.5 wheels, chains (* I like Peerless SZ123, which will fit either 185/60-15 OR 205/45-16) on the rear wheels only.

(I can't imagine needing more than this).

Fuse 15 (5 amp) is ESP, per manual, but no recommendation indicated to pull it......
 
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