2005 Ford Focus - Traction light stays and car beings to hesitate
Recently my traction light has came on, and stayed on. It wasn't because of slippery surfaces, maybe just rain. Before the light comes on the rpms begin to bounce up and down, from 1500-2000 back down to 1000. It feels like the vehicle isn't getting fuel. Then the traction light will appear and the car begins to run alot better, but from time to time, the rpms will dip. It has happened to me three times in the past month, but it goes away after I shut the car off, and it happens again in a week. I`ve notice that it happens when the car is wet. I was washed my vehicle, and it happened asoon as I drove out of the carwash, and tonight, during a rain storm. Can anybody give me an answer? could it be a wheel sensor?
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My car has a TC button that lights or not if "Traction Control" is On. Traction control is if you accelerate on slippery surface the system brakes your wheels so one or more don't go wild, loosing traction.
I am thinking that the car was telling you that traction was at a minimum at the speed you were travelling at in those conditions and advised you to slow down and when you slowed down you were back in the safety zone.
1. to let you know that your Traction and Stability Control System is active. This means that your tires are slipping or your car is leaning and the ststem is actively taking corrective action. This should only cause the light to come on for a few seconds at a time.
2. To let you know that the Traction and Stability Control System is disabled. It may be because the button has been pushed to turn it off or it may be due to a malfunction in the system. Thjis will cause the light to come on and stay on. If it is staying on and it is not because you have turned it off, then the system will have to be diagnosed to find out what the malfunction is that has caused it.
Traction control controls spin in wheels on slippery roads. if you are stuck in snow or ice or on slippery road surface,try switching the traction control system off. this may allow excess wheel spin to dig the vehicle out.
Use 2 wheels, the other 4wd low ,for climbing at slow speeds: 4wd high, for driving on low traction roads,like mud or snow,at medium speeds: 4wd auto full time all wheel drive, for highway speeds on slippery surfaces, like rain or light snow.
i have had this problem since about 6 months after i bought my 2001 impala. the problem is in the hubs. the wireing that runs throw them rubs together and eventually shorts the traction and abs. easy solution to fix it though. get into the hubs and wrap the wires. otherwise take the car in and explain the problem to them and exactly what you need done. 9-10 times they won't fix the problem unless you tell them what you want done. it is really simple and going to the dealer should only cost you about 100 to fix.
Risk for slippery conditions If the warning light comes on and stays on, this indicates that traction with the road surface is reduced. Drive with caution.
If this light flashes, it indicates that the DSTC system is working to restore traction to one or more of the wheels.
Reduced Stability Control If the green indicator light in the DSTC button goes out, DSTC has reduced effect because the system had been switched off with the button in the center console. The text DSTC SPIN CONTROL OFF will be displayed in the text window.
Traction control helps limit tire slip in acceleration on slippery surfaces. In the past you had to feather the gas pedal to prevent the drive wheels from spinning wildly on slippery pavement. Many of today's vehicles employ electronic controls to limit power delivery for the driver, eliminating wheel slip and helping the driver accelerate under control. Don't turn it off.