How to Turn the Traction Control (Really) Off


Remember in Edmund’s review of the Genesis Coupe here, they said they were not too pleased with the traction control that could not be fully turned off, which resulted in the ECU cutting in during full throttle shifts? Well after some reading in the GenCoupe forums here, you can turn off the traction control fully with the following procedure, making sure that the car will not interrupt your tire destroying maddness. Click “Read More” to see the full procedure, or click here to see the post in our forums. Photo by X-Raited.

If you have a keyed ignition, like a traditional car:

  1. Turn the key to the “On” position. The engine should not be started.
  2. Turn the traction control to the “Off” position
  3. Start engine


If you have the new keyless ignition:

  1. Without pressing the brake pedal, tap the “Start” button twice. The engine should not be started.
  2. Turn the traction control to the “Off” position
  3. Press the brake pedal, then tap the “Start” button to start the engine.

3 Responses to “How to Turn the Traction Control (Really) Off”

  1. Loren - March 12, 2009

    Edmunds Inside Line didn’t state the traction control was ECU drivetrain protection “feature.” There isn’t any mention of traction control there. Please read more carefully.

    Full Test:

    Comparison Test with Infiniti G37:

    From Inside Line’s Full Test:

    But Hyundai Doesn’t Quite Trust Us
    At our test track, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track hits 60 mph in 6.4 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with 1 foot of rollout as on a drag strip) and goes through the quarter-mile in 14.5 seconds at 97.9 mph.

    Those numbers are fine, but short of Hyundai’s “under 6 seconds” 0-60 claim and suspiciously pokey for a car with more than 300 hp. The overweight G37 is over half a second quicker through the quarter-mile at 13.8 seconds at 102 mph, even with 330 hp at its command. Also consider that the 128i, which is 300 pounds lighter than the Genesis but down 76 hp, easily keeps up, recording a 14.3-second quarter-mile at 96.5 mph.

    It’s impossible to say exactly why the Genesis coupe isn’t putting up better numbers. But we do know that there’s a torque-reduction feature on this car that would suck some of the fun out of Conrod Straight. Accelerate hard in 1st gear and then do a hard upshift to 2nd at or just before the marked 6,500-rpm redline. You’ll get your upshift, but as the revs drop back, you’ll feel an additional, artificial cut in power. It lasts for about 3 seconds.

    Hyundai says this is a drivetrain protection measure that’s triggered at 6,800 rpm (the engine’s true redline). However, the car’s tachometer lags behind actual engine rpm, so it takes trial and error to find a shift point that keeps you out of the protection zone. Oddly enough, you don’t get any intervention until you actually complete your upshift — you can ride the engine to the rev limiter with impunity.

    “There’s some talk about minimizing the delay, so that it’s maybe just a second, but nothing has been signed off,” Miles Johnson, Hyundai communications manager, tells us. “The car is going to market with the 3-second calibration.”

    Even a 1-second delay compromises acceleration, though. Moreover, the automatic torque reduction makes it difficult to get a smooth gearchange at even two-thirds throttle, as it exacerbates the drivetrain lash already present due to the Genesis coupe’s soft engine mounts.

  2. antonino lombardo - May 16, 2010

    hi i own a 3.8ltr v6 genesis coupe auto , i have tried what you said to remove the traction control, and it still cuts in, can i remove it complete by the computer ,and the rev limiter,and the esp thanx , i want to drift it and do burnout ,with out the car cutting out,

  3. David - February 20, 2012

    Hey you cannot turn off your trac cont. on an auto trans.Only manual trans is fully defeatable!

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