Ford Mustang (2005-2014) Owners Manual: Traction Control


The traction control system helps avoid drive wheel spin and loss of traction.

If your vehicle begins to slide, the system applies the brakes to individual wheels and, when needed, reduces engine power at the same time. If the wheels spin when accelerating on slippery or loose surfaces, the system reduces engine power in order to increase traction.


In certain situations (for example, stuck in snow or mud), turning the traction control off may be beneficial as this allows the wheels to spin with full engine power. Turn the traction control system off by pressing the stability control button located on the center console.

System Indicator Lights and Messages

WARNING: If a failure has been detected within the AdvanceTrac® system, the stability control light and the stability control off light will illuminate steadily. Verify that the traction control system was not manually disabled through the information display.

If the stability control light still illuminates steadily, have the system serviced by an authorized dealer immediately. Operating your vehicle with AdvanceTrac® disabled could lead to an increased risk of loss of vehicle control, vehicle rollover, personal injury and death.

The stability control light temporarily illuminates on engine start-up and flashes when a driving condition activates the stability system.

The stability control off light temporarily illuminates on engine start-up and stays on when the system is in sport mode, the traction control system is turned off, or AdvanceTrac® is turned off.

When the traction control system is turned off or on, a message appears in the information display showing system status.

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