How to turn off Traction Control on Ford F-150

Traction Control is a driver assistance system on Ford F-150 that prevents the wheels from spinning and losing traction.

Ford F-150 14th generation – (photo by Ford)

The traction control system ensures that the wheels do not spin when moving off. This situation usually occurs when the friction between the tire and the ground is too low. The risk arises, for example, from a wet road surface, from snowfall and slippery conditions, but also from rapid acceleration. In all of these cases, traction control provides more grip.


If your vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, switching traction control off may be beneficial as this allows the wheels to spin. The traction control on Ford F-150 can be easily turned off by pressing its button located above the infotainment system.

Traction control off button on 14th generation Ford F-150

Note: When you switch traction control off, stability control remains fully active.

Press the button again to turn the traction control system back on to normal operation.

The traction control system automatically turns on each time you switch the ignition on.

Information Messages

  • Service AdvanceTrac: The system detects a condition that requires service. Contact an authorized dealer as soon as possible.
  • AdvanceTrac Off: The status of the AdvanceTrac system after you switched it off.
  • AdvanceTrac On: The status of the AdvanceTrac system after you switched it on.
  • Traction Control Off: The status of the traction control system after you switched it off.
  • Traction Control On: The status of the traction control system after you switched it on.

Which F-150 models have traction control?

Traction control is a standard feature equipped on all F-150 variants: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) is part of standard Safety & Security package.

How does traction control work?

Usually one wheel spins first, which then affects the other tires. The traction control system therefore controls all wheels separately from one another. The control takes place either via the brake or via the motor. In the first case, the traction control ensures that the spinning wheel brakes and the driving force of the stable wheel increases. To do this, the system uses the data from the anti-lock braking system (ABS).


Video: Turning off AdvanceTrac on F-150

Contact the author: gerardoberry@wheelsjoint.com



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