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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Don’t spin out this summer BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: on standby. And that’s the way you want them. Is it good to keep the traction control switch While snow or ice would off in summer driving? -- be the most obvious Sean reasons for a wheel to Why would you do that, spin, they’re not the only ones. A summer rain, Sean? Traction control is kind some leaked oil, or a of the flip side of anti- patch of loose dirt or sand lock brakes. The anti-lock can cause a wheel to lose braking system (ABS) traction. And when that measures the speed of happens, you want your each wheel. If you’re traction control to work. stopping the car, and one of the wheels suddenly goes slower than the others, the ABS concludes that it’s locked up -- which can cause you to lose control of the car. So, it pulses the brake many times a second to give you maximum stopping power just short of locking up the wheel. Traction control uses that same system to detect if one wheel is spinning faster than the others. If it is, the system concludes that the wheel has lost traction and is spinning, which can also lead to loss of control of the vehicle. So, it uses the ABS to slow down that wheel until it regains traction. Plus, there’s absolutely no downside to leaving it on. You’re not “wasting” anything or wearing anything out. It’s inactive until it gets a signal that a wheel is spinning. Turning it off in the summer would be like turning off your home’s fire alarm when it’s raining. Sure, you could. But why would you?. *** Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or email by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com. *** (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug Neither of these systems Berman work unless and until you Distributed by King need them. They’re always Features Syndicate, Inc.