I noticed that the tires will spin "slip" in wet or sandy conditions the "ESC" light on the dash is not on like as it would be if turned off by dash switch. when I lived in NY on snow it would prevent the tires from spinning. this is a 2006 Sonata GLS V-6
Your question is kind of jumbled, but I believe I had a similar problem. The ESC would not function properly and the button on the dash would not work sometimes. I took it to the dealership and they had to replace a speed sensor on one of my tires. That fixed the issue and maybe it would also fix yours. Hope this helps.
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You need to have the car scanned for fault codes to begin the diagnosis. Guessing what the actual cause might be in your case and just replacing parts is not a sound approach. Take it to KIA service or an independent familiar with KIA models.
It may just be an ESC sensor on the car that needs replacing due to failure or it could be something more significant. You might now get an ABS warning light as well if you don't have it already.
Your car is still perfectly driveable without the ESC in operation. It is just that you won't have the stability control assistance if you over cook it when driving the car too hard for the road surface conditions. If your drive sensibly for the road conditions experienced, and have decent tires fitted, you should not activate the ESC in any event (when it is working normally).
The TCS (traction control system) will stay lit only if there was a malfunction of that system. TCS helps your tires maintain traction on slippery wet or icy roads. The malfunction is usually due to damaged or malfunctioning wheel speed sensors due to corrosion or damage of the sensor wire harness during suspension repairs or brake pad replacement. You can still drive the car, but the traction control system will not help you if your vehicle's tire slips or spins faster than the other.
This is the light that tells you that the Electronic Stability Control or ESC has been disabled. There should be a button in you vehicle that has a car and or some tire markings on it or it may just read ESC, and pressing it will turn it back on.
how the tcs works is when active light on dash will be on you will only feel it working tcs uses wheel speed sensors that when your tire slips and spins faster than other wheel like spinnig out on on ice snow gravel the tcs unit will use a controlled misfire that will **** or jolt giving traction and will stay engaged until spinnig stops or you let off gas basicaly it uses the engine to **** not allowing wheels to spin out to get a feel turn on tcs find a gravel or snowy road accelerate trying to make the car slip you will feel car start to **** it works well try it so you get a feel incase you trigger tcs and catches you off guard
hope this helped plz vote comment if any more questions reply
the symbol with a car and 2 curved lines behind means:
"Slip control" or "Stability control" (also known as ESC, ESP, ASR or DTC) warning.
Toyota Trac Inop Light Toyota's traction control helps you maintain traction on wet, icey, loose or uneven surfaces. There are complex wheel speed sensors that will trigger the traction control safety feature as needed. If you see the trac inop light illuminate, this feature might be disabled. A Toyota service rep can access the trouble code and identify what is needed to fix any potential issues. - See more at: http://jeffwylerclarksvilletoyota.com/section/secondary/toyota-dashboard-indicators#.dpuf
if stopped at an intersection and then pull out a bit too fast & the tires start spinning, the "Low Trac" light will come on briefly, but will go back off once traction is gained again. This is totally normal. but if this stays on constantly even in dry road conditions, you need to get it looked at because it's not normal. (basically the light itself means your tires have little to no traction with the road and are spinning or slipping/sliding.)
You never specified whether it's on all the time, or you were just curious as to what the light meant. If it does stay on constantly, comment and I will help you work through the solutions!
A scan tool will be needed, this like the check engine light, the computers are aways testing the systems in which they operate and when theres a problem the computer will turn the light on to let you know theres a problem and then it will store a code, the code will tell you where the problem is and with some checking the problem can be found, for example they scan the computer for codes and the code pops up as po352 left front wheel sensor, this would mean a problem with that sensor, VSA = vehicle stability assist,this is to keep control of car under slippery conditions or when skidding, it will release brake and also keep tires from spinning in snow or wet road, theres a button to turn this system on or off a light on dash will let you know if its on or off, so start by having it scanned, you will need to take to dealer or shop, you will not notice any diffrence in driving it just wont stablize if the tires spin in snow , good luck hope this helps,
the stabilitrac system will turn the light on when its activated. Driving in wet/snowy roads will cause one or more wheel to spin as it slips on wet roads, this condition is normal.
I'm sure once your on flat even road without the possibility of your drice wheels to spin the light will turn off on its own.
For some reason, the ESC system "thinks" the drive wheels are slipping and it is trying to prevent the tires from spinning.
Take the car to your local Auto Zone and ask them to scan the car for trouble codes, they will do the scan for free. Write the codes down and respond back to this post and we can start to diagnose the problem.
Good luck and let me know.