42, The meaning of life
Join Date: Jul 2009
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Hidden DSC mode on E38
Has anyone experimented with the half off / half on mode with the E38 DSC?
There are several functions that the E38 Dynamic Stability Control performs,
Traction control to backoff the power in the event of excessive wheel spin,
Electronic LSD to apply a brake to an individual rear wheel that is spinning to shift some of the power to the non spinning wheel &
Stability control which applies individual brakes to correct a lateral slide.
All very good, but it can be a little worrying when you pull into moving traffic from a side street, apply the go peddle, and the safety system says, "no no no, I see what your trying to do here, but for your own safety thats way too much power, lets just think about this for a moment", as the driver that is rapidly bearing down on you from behind is looking for somewhere to go.
Well if you have found yourself in this situation, as I have several times, there is a hidden nugget in amongst the electronics. Start the car, (doesn't have to be immediately after starting the car) push and hold in the DSC button for ~10 seconds, the warning light will come on, then go back off, you now have a foot in each camp, Stability features on (including electronic LSD), throttle control off. The default setting will only return after restarting the car.
Don't try this out for the first time in a nasty situation where youre at risk, but it seems to work for me.
This may work for some of the other models, but I don't know for sure.
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