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OK, so I just talked to a friend who owns a 2011 GT500 and he found some car Easter eggs built into the traction control system that are not documented in the manuals/ supplements.

It Has something to do with holding down the brake pedal while turning the traction control on and off quickly a couple of times…

 

Has anyone heard of this, and does all the SHELBY's have these and if so what are they and does the KR and SS have any specvial ones??? :drool:

 

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To enable a super-secret feature. Similar "rub your head while tapping your tummy" sequences are used to configure things. For example I was able to disable the seat belt dinger on my truck with a specific sequence of key turns, brake taps, etc. All had to be done in a certain amount of time.

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OK, so I just talked to a friend who owns a 2011 GT500 and he found some car Easter eggs built into the traction control system that are not documented in the manuals/ supplements.

It Has something to do with holding down the brake pedal while turning the traction control on and off quickly a couple of times…

 

Has anyone heard of this, and does all the SHELBY's have these and if so what are they and does the KR and SS have any specvial ones??? :drool:

 

Tim

 

 

Ummmm....That's not a Easter Egg. It's outlined in the owners manual.

 

There are FOUR modes of Traction Control (TC).

 

TRACTION CONTROL *ON*: This is the default mode on start-up: Your Traction control is ON, including "Advance Trac" (i.e. Electronic Stability Control or ESC). This is the default mode and you use it for slick surfaces such as when it rains.

 

ADVANCE TRAC (Track?) *OFF*. Hold the brake pedal on and click the TC button once. This takes the TC off but leaves the advance track on (will allow the tires to spin but keeps the car straight).

 

SPORT MODE: Hold the brake pedal down and quickly "double click" the TC button. This turns the TC on to a "limited mode" where the wheels will be on the verge of spinning but shouldn't spin. Both on cornering and straight line acceleration.

 

TRACTION CONTROL COMPLETELY *OFF*: This mode is not documented in the Owners manual. Hold the brake pedal down and hold the TC button down until the dash indicates "Traction Control Off". This can be anywhere between 5 seconds and 9 seconds.

 

The last one can get you in trouble real quick like so be careful with it!

 

 

Phill (don't ask me how I know!)

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To enable a super-secret feature. Similar "rub your head while tapping your tummy" sequences are used to configure things. For example I was able to disable the seat belt dinger on my truck with a specific sequence of key turns, brake taps, etc. All had to be done in a certain amount of time.

 

 

Believe it or not, there is a series of button pushes that you can use to turn the factory (5 consecutive miles or 50 restarts) rev limiter on/off.

 

One of the dealer reps told me what it is but I didn't pay attention to it or write it down. But if HE knew it, someone else out there knows it too.

 

This would be a FANTASTIC feature to know for Valet type purposes.

 

Anyone know what it is? It includes the steering wheel buttons, I remember that much.

 

It was on my 2010 but I'll bet it works for all years that have the 5/50 rev limiter. It allows the dealerships to remove the rev limiter for service/repairs/road testing, and back on for showroom/sales reasons.

 

 

Phill

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Believe it or not, there is a series of button pushes that you can use to turn the factory (5 consecutive miles or 50 restarts) rev limiter on/off.

 

One of the dealer reps told me what it is but I didn't pay attention to it or write it down. But if HE knew it, someone else out there knows it too.

 

This would be a FANTASTIC feature to know for Valet type purposes.

 

Anyone know what it is? It includes the steering wheel buttons, I remember that much.

 

It was on my 2010 but I'll bet it works for all years that have the 5/50 rev limiter. It allows the dealerships to remove the rev limiter for service/repairs/road testing, and back on for showroom/sales reasons.

 

 

Phill

 

 

If you have the Sync feature i think you can enable valet mode through that.

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If you have the Sync feature i think you can enable valet mode through that.

 

 

All that does is keep them from messing with the radio.

 

When I use Valet, I set my rev limiter tone to 3500 RPM so if they take it for a cruise, it'll "BEEP" 'em to death. That's the only protection I have, other than to park it myself and the Broadmoor doesn't have Self-parking.

 

 

Phill

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I've done ADVANCE TRAC *OFF* and SPORT MODE; but have not had the opportunity to run TRACTION CONTROL COMPLETELY *OFF* and put it to the fullest test. I think I'll save that for the track.

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Turn off all the nannies. All they do is correct your mistakes before they become fatal.

 

When I did the Bondurant class the Corvettes had ABS (which cannot be disabled) and the traction/stability control. They were explicit: If an instructor gets in your car and they are off you will be reminded once. There is no second time. The reason is that the stability control more than anything keeps the car off the wall of tires. Their advice was "if the TCS or SC kick in, remember what you were doing, thank the car for saving your but, but realize you hit the limit." I found it good advice in finding the limit of the car without wrecking it.

 

My Ford GT has no traction or stability control, and is one of the things that concern me about tracking it - if I reach the limit there is no nanny to help me, just "skill".

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Turn off all the nannies. All they do is correct your mistakes before they become fatal.

 

When I did the Bondurant class the Corvettes had ABS (which cannot be disabled) and the traction/stability control. They were explicit: If an instructor gets in your car and they are off you will be reminded once. There is no second time. The reason is that the stability control more than anything keeps the car off the wall of tires. Their advice was "if the TCS or SC kick in, remember what you were doing, thank the car for saving your but, but realize you hit the limit." I found it good advice in finding the limit of the car without wrecking it.

 

My Ford GT has no traction or stability control, and is one of the things that concern me about tracking it - if I reach the limit there is no nanny to help me, just "skill".

 

That's interesting. The driving course I took several years ago strongly suggested turning the TC 'Off' as it could increase likelihood of brake fade. I can see Bondurant making the TC & SC a requirement as they own the Vettes and don't want (or, the liability of) someone being hurt.

 

By the way, I chose to retain the TC that day but leave it off now. One, I now know the limit of my SGT, but it also fries the rear pads.

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Ummmm....That's not a Easter Egg. It's outlined in the owners manual.

 

There are FOUR modes of Traction Control (TC).

 

TRACTION CONTROL *ON*: This is the default mode on start-up: Your Traction control is ON, including "Advance Trac" (i.e. Electronic Stability Control or ESC). This is the default mode and you use it for slick surfaces such as when it rains.

 

ADVANCE TRAC (Track?) *OFF*. Hold the brake pedal on and click the TC button once. This takes the TC off but leaves the advance track on (will allow the tires to spin but keeps the car straight).

 

SPORT MODE: Hold the brake pedal down and quickly "double click" the TC button. This turns the TC on to a "limited mode" where the wheels will be on the verge of spinning but shouldn't spin. Both on cornering and straight line acceleration.

 

TRACTION CONTROL COMPLETELY *OFF*: This mode is not documented in the Owners manual. Hold the brake pedal down and hold the TC button down until the dash indicates "Traction Control Off". This can be anywhere between 5 seconds and 9 seconds.

 

The last one can get you in trouble real quick like so be careful with it!

 

 

Phill (don't ask me how I know!)

 

Does this work on the 07 ~09 models?

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What about "Day Time Driving Lights". I have a 2010 Ranger and it has the DTRL Option. I asked the Service Guy at the Ford Dealership here and he said they can't be turned off. It is an LX Base model, nothing fancy.

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The only "easer egg" I found was a pair of gloves somebody from the assembly line left inside the rear bumper fascia.

 

 

Don't know if it's a myth or not but I've heard of a disgruntled assy. line worker puting a soda can in between a double floor panel so when the car went around a corner, it'd roll and make noise, then repeat on a opposite turn. No way to get it out other than to cut a panel...

 

It used to be said, "Never buy a Monday or Friday car". Those are the two days that productivity and morals are low (hangover on Monday, rush to get out on Friday).

 

 

Phill

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Don't know if it's a myth or not but I've heard of a disgruntled assy. line worker puting a soda can in between a double floor panel so when the car went around a corner, it'd roll and make noise, then repeat on a opposite turn. No way to get it out other than to cut a panel...

 

It used to be said, "Never buy a Monday or Friday car". Those are the two days that productivity and morals are low (hangover on Monday, rush to get out on Friday).

 

 

Phill

 

 

I don't think the day of week concerns hold true anymore. At least not with many Chrysler workers recently found heading to the nearby package store and onward to a park or a parking lot of their UAW local for some liquid refreshment and herbal therapy during their lunch breaks.

 

But beer can in body panels were once VERY common - especially during particularly contentious contract negotiations. The same goes for all manner of unflattering "love notes" left inside body panels for owners to find.

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As it relates to TC another way to go is to pull fuses # 8 and 10 (2011 GT500) from the power dist box. Two problems, the dash will show several brake problem warnings that will override other info you may want to see, and you will have no ABS which is the real reason to pull the fuses. I strongly suggest graduated hard braking practice if you chose to do this. It is best reserved for the track days. That said, the benefits for me are being able to see how the car really handles under hard braking and at the track to get rid of the front end shudder caused by the ABS under very hard braking.

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Don't know if it's a myth or not but I've heard of a disgruntled assy. line worker puting a soda can in between a double floor panel so when the car went around a corner, it'd roll and make noise, then repeat on a opposite turn. No way to get it out other than to cut a panel...

 

It used to be said, "Never buy a Monday or Friday car". Those are the two days that productivity and morals are low (hangover on Monday, rush to get out on Friday).

 

 

Phill

 

 

When I was a teen ager I was a Mechanic at a Ford Dealer in Maryland, The Body shop was just past my bay. One day there was a bunch commotion around one of the Body Shop Bays, so I went over to find out what was happening. One of the Mechanics had been working on a rattling noise issue and had taken it to the body shop guys to get his help. They narrowed it down to the trunk area on the passenger side (by the body shop guy riding in the trunk with the back seat removed).With the customer permission (obviously it was a very annoying noise) they took a torch and cut open the body panel to discover a can inside. TRUE STORY I would not have believed it if I was not there to see them cut it open and find the can in there.

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