How to turn off Traction Control on Toyota Tundra

The traction control system automatically helps control wheel spin when the vehicle is starting or accelerating on slippery surfaces.

Toyota Tundra Second generation XK50, from 2007 – (photo by Toyota)

The system automatically turns on when the ignition key is turned to On. You may hear a sound in the engine compartment when the engine is started or just after the vehicle begins to move, this means that the traction control system is in the self-check mode but does not indicate a malfunction.


The Slip Indicator light comes on for a few seconds when the ignition key is turned to On, if it does not come on, there may be a problem with the traction control system, see your Toyota dealer for assistance.

  1. Should you need to get the vehicle out of mud or newly fallen snow, turn the traction control system off, by pressing the VSC Off switch, this will activate the automatic limited slip differential.
  2. The Auto LSD and Slip Indicator lights will come on and the system will control rear wheel spin to maximize traction. Four-wheel drive models need to be in two-wheel drive to activate the automatic limited slip differential. Note that the Vehicle Stability Control system is still activated when the Auto LSD is turned on.
  3. For additional control, you can disable the Vehicle Stability Control system. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop, then push and hold the VSC Off switch, until you see the Vehicle Stability Control Off light, this allows full power to the wheels, while the automatic limited slip differential helps direct power to the wheel with the better grip.
  4. To turn traction control and Vehicle Stability Control systems on again, just push the VSC Off switch again.
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