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First off, there is NO tire that can keep traction on ice. It just doesn't happen. The only thing you can do with the tires to grab any traction at all on ice is chaining the tires. This is an oldschool technique which honestly I haven't seen done in years so I don't even know if people do it anymore? You shouldn't second guess your driving skills becuase of this little mishap, although it could have obviously been very bad, there was really nothing you could have done to prevent it. Thousands of people wreck because of black ice every year, even the most experienced drivers.
I believe your vehicle uses the OBDII program. Verify this with your local Toyota dealer first. You can purchase any OBDII scanner and it will be compliant with your vehicle.
Hope this helps.
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Sunday, January 4th, 2009 AT 2:10 AM