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Trac off light

The trac off light comes on, then the car starts to shift really hard. Then dies if I don't turn the car off, and turn it back on asap. Can you tell me what would cause this?

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  • magbarclay Nov 18, 2008

    My 2001 Cav also suddenly started shifting hard after I had the car into the shop. Same thing, Trac light on with a jerky shift now between 1st and 2nd. Both started at the same time and aren't effecting the car at all really.

    Suggestions? I want to avoid a "dealer cost "if i can

  • mbelmore123 Jan 04, 2009

    trac light comes on shifts hard loses power stopit starts off again

  • ral1984 Jan 30, 2009

    Trac off light turns on, then it starts to shift really hard. The car wouldn't go over 20 or 30 mph. The rpm was super low and if felt like the car would shut off, but we made it to our home which was less than a mile away...

  • katlar Feb 12, 2009

    Same thing, trac light comes on, vehicle shifts hard, then stalls.

  • sangsistah Mar 07, 2009

    I have the same problem. Happens intermittently. I've researched and have found no fix, I've only found hundreds of others having the same problem with the 2001 through 2004 models.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    I just want to know whats wrong with my car



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Replace the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor). $30 to $40 if you do it yourself or $70 to $95 if you have a service station do it. This will fix all of your problems related to the TRAC OFF light and transmission shifting into low gear.

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