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2006 freestar My 2006 freestars traction control comes on under normal driving conditions.Cant accelerate.When i turn it off van drives normal.Doesnt happen all the time.any suggestions?

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    while driving under normal conditions, it is as if the brakes come on and the van nose dives. The traction control light flashes and is impossible to drive. after pulling over and restarting the van the problem is cleared.



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Most likely there is a wheel speed sensor that is throwing an erratic signal and making the system think you have lost traction, the system may have a trouble code stored, have it tested by your local Ford dealer to verify the trounle code.

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