How To Turn Off StabiliTrak? [Complete Guide]

It might sound a bit weird that you need to turn off StabiliTrak even though it’s an important safety feature of your vehicle. But yes, there are times when the StabiliTak needs to be off. Then, how to turn off StabiliTrak?

The process is almost similar for different brands of cars. All you need to do is to find the Traction Control button and press it for a while. But where the button locates on a car will vary from brand to brand.

So, you must know how to find the button without causing any damage to the settings of your car.

And, this article is going to help you know the detailed process of turning the StabiliTrak off, when to turn it off, and everything you may need to know about the topic. So, let’s get started.

How To Turn Off StabiliTrak?

If you’ve got a new car and are unsure about the location of some buttons in your vehicle’s dashboard like the steering wheel, and other front parts, spend a few minutes to locate them. Know that different brand and model has different locations to place these buttons. 

Once you’re familiar with the buttons, find the Traction Control button. This button has the following icon. Though the icon may vary, it should be almost the same as given in the image.

How To Turn Off StabiliTrak

Now, just hit this button and it will turn your traction control off. Then, hit it again and hold it for a few seconds. Now it will turn your Stabilitrak off. And, you are all done. Your vehicle’s StabiliTrak is now off.

If you also want to know how this method works on different models, we’re going to share it below.

How To Turn Off Stabilitrak On Chevy Equinox?

Just like in the previous discussion, the main challenge is finding the traction controller button.

If you can find the button then your half-task is done. Look at the centre table of your Chevy Equinox; here you should notice the traction controller button. You just have to press this following the main method and that’s it.

How To Turn Off Stabilitrak On Camaro?

In Chevy Camaro, the traction controller is located in the centre table. If we mention the exact location of the traction controller, you will find it in front of the gear shifter. Just press that key and release the key. Then again press and hold the button for 3 seconds. 

You will find the dashboard is showing the StabiliTrak is turned off. Now your vehicle is free from StabiliTrak.

How To Turn Off Stabilitrak On Ford?

First off, find where the StabiliTrak sensor locates at. In most cases, it locates just beneath the instrument panel of a car. If you don’t find it there, check the owner’s manual.

Then, just like the general rule; press the traction control button. You’ll find the button near the steering wheel of your car. On the first attempt, you need to press it for a while and release it once.

But secondly, press the button and hold it for a couple of seconds. After that, you’ll see the traction control go off and it will eventually disable StabiliTrak.

So, these are the simple steps to turning off StabiliTrak on a vehicle. If you still find it difficult and think that you may damage the car settings, please check the owner’s manual or consult a professional.

Why Do You Need To Turn Off StabiliTrak?

StabiliTrak is a safety feature (a lifesaver!) that uses forward-facing cameras and sensors to monitor the movement of your vehicle. Some of the sensors of StabiliTrak are the central rotating sensor, steering wheel angle sensor, speed sensor, and so on.

When the sensors of the StabiliTrak detect any unwanted situations like spinning or slipping wheels, the StabiliTrak cuts power for controlling the speed of your car. So, it brings your car to more controllable and safer performance, in short.

But when your car gets stuck in mud or snow, your car doesn’t need reduced power; it needs higher power and acceleration to get out of the annoying situation.

In that case, you must turn the StabiliTrak off. Also, if you want to have fun in a rear-wheel-drive car, you may want to turn off the StabiliTrak. But this kind of reckless driving is considered illegal; still, this is another case when you’ll want to turn the StabiliTrak off.

Is It Good To Turn StabiliTrak Off Of A Car?

Is It Good To Turn StabiliTrak Off Of A Car Infographic

StabiliTrak is a feature that many drivers use to improve their driving performance and prevent accidents. Should you turn StabiliTrak off of your car?

While driving in wet or wintry weather conditions, it’s unsafe to turn off the StabiliTrak of your car. Imagine driving on ice or on rainy roads; don’t you need enough control to avoid slippage? Of course, you do. In that case, it’s not good to turn the safety feature off.

But as we said before, there are times when you don’t need control, you need enough acceleration to get out instead. In that cases, it’s good to turn the StabiliTrak off.

Turning the StabiliTrak off allows the tires to spin continuously so the car gets unstuck.

Still, one thing to mention, take extra caution when you’re in any of the dangers mentioned above. Because the StabiliTrak works great but it’s not an all-wheel-drive feature that prevents every accident possible.

To sum up, here are some disadvantages of turning off StabiliTrak when you need to turn it on.

  • You may experience slipping wheels on wet roads.
  • You may not be able to negotiate turns or make sudden changes in direction.
  • You may have a difficult time stopping in a hurry.
  • Disabling StabiliTrak can make the car less stable and lead to accidents.


You need to know what StabiliTrak is before you decide to turn it off. This is because there are so many bad sides of turning it off. But if you still want to turn it off, then the above method is enough. One suggestion for you, if you are not in a special situation and are an expert driver then avoid doing this. 

Thanks for reading from us. There are so many other articles on this site that will help you to know solutions to many other problems of cars. You may read them too. That is the end of today.

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