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Last night, I got stuck in a few inches of snow on a parking lot, due to an aborted start when someone else started behind me, and not having snow tires installed, because the unusual amount of snow here has caused snow tires to become a rare commodity. Anyway, I started rocking my tc back and forth to try and get it out of there, tires spinning and traction control engaging on and off, when all of a sudden, the instrument cluster came alive: most indicator lamps came on, as well as a message on the display. Just then, 2 nice guys who were about to leave, came over and gave me a little push that got me out of the ruts, and I was on my way (Thanks again guys). The thing was, the instrument cluster was still lit up with the brake, traction control, abs, and air bag indicator, there was still a message about hill start assist not being available, and the speedometer didn't work. I drove home like that, as I wasn't completely sure that turning the engine off to try and reset the computer would work, and I didn't want to be stuck there. Once I got home, I turned the engine off, waited a few seconds, and restarted the engine. The only indicator lamp that was still on was the abs. I asked my friend the mechanic about it, and he said to drive the car for 100 or so feet, so that all 4 abs sensors can be detected, and sure enough, that cleared it up.

Now, if this happens to you, you'll know how to fix it, or maybe you are more tech savvy than me, and you knew already.

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How does the Traction Control do in mud?

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On 2/10/2017 at 7:17 AM, G B L said:

How does the Traction Control do in mud?

I doubt that it would do much good. As a matter of fact, the manual says that it may be beneficial to turn Traction Control off, when stuck in mud or snow. The big surprise for me was how the computer reacted and needed a reset.

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Wouldn't know, snow tires are mandatory here from Dec1 to March 31.

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I treat this van like a car, not a 4WD truck.  So I'm a little more cautious.  If I wouldn't drive my Honda in the mud, I wouldn't take this van in the mud.  I try my best to drive this van only on pavement, and not in snow or mud.

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Depending on where you live sometimes you get snow and mud no mater how hard you try to stay on the pavement !!

Where I live you are  not required to have snows, but you are allowed to run studs all 12 months if you desire.

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23 hours ago, G B L said:

Depending on where you live sometimes you get snow and mud no mater how hard you try to stay on the pavement !!

 

Sounds rough.  I guess I'm just lucky to live in an urban concrete jungle, where it does not snow.

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