I'm not aware of any way to turn the feature off automatically. Also, you do not have the same 4wd system as on the Jeeps. Jeeps have all-time four-wheel-drive and are very picky about having all four tires with the same outer circumference. Chevy Astro Vans had the same system. Your truck can be driven on 2wd mode.
You should not be seeing any difference if fuel mileage. If you are, something is wrong. As for the mechanics who claimed wear is taking place due to this system, to avoid that wear you'd have to stop using the brakes, and that is not practical. What is much more likely to be happening is GM has had a huge problem with wheel speed sensors, and if one is developing a weak signal, it could be causing the system to activate when it shouldn't be. Under normal driving conditions, meaning no snow and ice, the Traction Control system should not engage at all. It's common to drive for months without the system engaging. Every manufacturer is worried about every extra mile per gallon they can achieve. There's no way you will lose any fuel mileage due to traction control. Even when it does engage, it will slow one wheel for only a few seconds.
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 AT 6:54 PM