How to Turn Off Traction Control in a BMW X5


The BMW X5 comes with two types of traction control: Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control. The features work together to keep you under control of your X5 during bad-weather driving and in other slippery conditions; however, if you are stuck, it may be necessary to allow the wheels to spin to break free. With traction control activated, the power to your wheels is reduced during slippage. In situations like these, you'll need to turn the traction control off.

  • Insert your X5's smart key into the key slot and press the "Start" button to crank the engine.

  • Inspect the center stack beneath the radio. Look at the fourth button from the left on your driver-control panel. This button has an icon of a vehicle driving with skid marks beneath it.

  • Press and hold the button for five to eight (no longer than 10) seconds. Pay attention to the message center on your odometer cluster. The display shows "DSC OFF" when the feature is turned off.

  • Release the button. Press and hold it again to re-activate the traction-control system.

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