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Can you explain how the traction control works for 2009 Matrix XRS? When I press the switch in the light comes on the dashboard, but stays on for the short period of time, and turns off itself. Does it mean the control system gets disengaged?

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It was explained to me about my 2009 AWD that the vehicle remains in fuel saving FWD until slippage is sensed then, and only then, will the rear drive be electronically clutched in. It times out and declutches until the next slippage event is sensed. I don't know what that time out period is.

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In a straight line, the Matrix’s traction control system works seamlessly. On the snowy side streets in my neighborhood, a stab of the throttle results in smooth acceleration, with little of the side-to-side sliding you’d get without the traction aid working in your favour. The stability control system is quite effective, but the beeping that accompanies its interventions if the car begins to slide in a turn is annoying.


The stability/traction control system offers two degrees of deactivation: one press of the button disables just the traction control program to allow for rocking a stuck vehicle free. The system re-activates once the vehicle reaches about 40 km/h. Press and hold the button for about five seconds, though, and both stability and traction programs go to sleep. Do this and you can actually have some fun with this car, as it will go into a four-wheel drift given enough open space and an aggressive stab of the throttle.

Hope this explains what your Matrix does with the traction control.

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It runs in the back ground so to say it reads the same sensors the anti lock brakes do if it sees a problem it will wake up

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