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What is TCS in cars?

What is TCS in cars?
TCS in cars refer to the “Traction Control System”, and it involves a system that provides the car more traction or road grip even when the car is accelerating and/or taking a corner. Basically, a TCS system aims to prevent wheel spin in conditions wherein the car is moving fast. Through traction control, less slippage will result allowing more wheel control for the driver. A traction control system usually comes as an adjunct to a particular car’s anti-lock braking system.

Traction control systems were developed to help drivers get more control over the wheel and ultimately of their cars when driving fast and on slippery roads or surfaces. It is a common experience for drivers to loose some grip on the road at accelerating speeds and at sudden break situations. As technology and developments were made to improve control of car steering in terms of the braking system, so is the development for more car grip on the road in extreme conditions. Better traction is aimed for to help the driver have more control of the car even when accelerating or driving at high speeds.

Basically a car’s traction control system is expected to work in driving conditions that require more control of the steering wheel. Examples of these conditions include accelerating while taking a turn or cornering, or when there is loose gravel on the track, or when the road is slippery and wet. In these conditions, the cars TCS is activated to reduce the torque generated by the engine and reduce the speed of the drive wheel. In this way, the car will be more stable and more controllable by the driver. A car’s traction control system is a welcome safety feature for all drivers, whether one is driving a basic road car, a sports car, and off-road vehicle, or even a motorcycle.

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References :


[0]http://www.autoshop101.com/forms/brake12.pdf
[1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traction_control_system

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Posted by Erwin Z on May 27th, 2011 and filed under Mechanics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response via following comment form or trackback to this entry from your site