Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What is the trailer sway control system?

asked by on

What is the trailer sway control system?

A: While not all models have the trailer sway ...

While not all models have the trailer sway control system (TSC), if yours does, it provides important controls and safeguards when towing a trailer behind your SUV. Here’s what you need to know about this system:

  • The TSC system is on automatically.

  • It uses the AdvanceTrac® sensors to identify trailer sway and try to control it.

  • Trailer sway control will remain active even if you turn off traction control.

  • TSC doesn’t keep your trailer from swaying, but tries to limit the effects of that sway.

  • The Stability Control light in the dash will come on if the TSC system is actively mitigating sway.

Tip

To turn off the TSC system, press the Stability Control button and hold it for over five seconds. The Traction Control light will flash briefly and then turn on. Press the Stability Control button to turn it back on. It will also turn back on when you crank the engine again.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Why do the Seat Belt Light and warning chime activate?

Your car’s seat belts are very important – they’re actually the only “lifesaving” devices in your car. Everything else is supplemental. Obviously, it’s important that you know what’s going on with the system. To help ensure that, you have a...

Q: car cutting out in low gears on stopping, traffic lights and junctions

Hello. This is often times a sign of a failing mass air flow sensor. As you may know, this is a unit that monitors the air flow into the intake as it is mixed with the fuel prior to being...

Q: How do you calibrate the compass in a 2012 Ford Escape?

Your car’s electronic compass can provide important directional information, but it can also be thrown off by passing through strong electrical fields, strong magnetic fields, exposure to strong radio signals and more. If it’s thrown off, you’ll need to recalibrate...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.