Jul 18th, 2005, 05:41 PM
i was driving home the other day and was contemplating something my dealer told me when i
picked up my CVT....She was talking about the DSC and said turn it off when you wanna "Hot Rod"
it...What would turning off the stabability control off do to have that effect?...I have never drove with it
off yet and was wondering if anybody has seen any differences with it off..I did a search but couldnt
come up with anything..So am i missing out on another cool thing to do with my CVT, cause if it adds
anymore fun to driving in steptronic or SD, than i wanna play!!
Jul 22nd, 2005, 10:52 PM
Well, if you turn off DSC you turn off the computer, which I think (anyone please correct me if I'm wrong) controls your car's handling such as going around corners. For example, if you go to fast and lose traction the computer will apply the brake to the wheel(s) to keep the car in control. Without DSC you will have to use your own reflexes and experience such as when the car at cornering at it's limit to be able to judge when the car is going too fast, but there is a fine line between too fast and not too fast. If you cross that line the car will spin out of control, but with DSC, you don't have to work as hard to keep the car on the road. However, race cars don't use DSC, but that's because the race drivers have plenty of experience at handling a car at it's limits and don't need the computer to help them. In fact, they are so good that they are quicker than the computer, so the computer slows them down. However, the average driver needs DSC and with it you can drive faster than without it (around corners). So, it's a safety thing too. I always use mine, but I'm no race car driver. Having spun out a car once before on a rain-slick street going around a curve just a little too fast and going sideways down the road with oncoming traffic approaching (albeit just a little ways away), but I know how to handle cars so was able to get the car to go sideways on the other side (of the car) then back again to the other side and back again to the other side etc., before it straightened out, and not a moment too soon as the oncoming traffic didn't appear to slow down -- it was a tight two land road. Anyways, it was a thrill, but one I wasn't expecting and would have wished for DSC then (on that Honda CRX). Go ahead and have fun with and without it, but for safety, I'm going to keep using mine. :D