So, this tends to happen only when I am driving in thick snow (tends to happen in Chicago). If I am rocking back and forth in the VW in snow and if I am peeling out too much, the ABS and Brake lights stay on and it makes a beep warning that is not typical. Add too that the Traction control light stays on too and I cannot really move as it almost seems like the car has locked up the brakes. Any idea why the heck this happens (doesn't happen on my GM Cars) and how to reset it? I tried shutting off the car and restarting and continues. Hard to explain fully, but I am sure other VW users have seen this hapen.
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Re: ABS/Brake and Traction Light On-Beeping
You are loosing power Because the Computer is Shifting the Transmission in to Traction Low to get out of the Situation. The ABS Light is coming on due to Wheel spin. It is telling you that there has been an Unexpected Incident and to slow down.
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It is the anti lock brake system. First, look at the ABS. It will come on for a bad wheel sensor or broken wire. This will also throw the trac light on. ABS is on because the computer senses the one tire is trying to stop or lock up. this releases the brake pressure. On the traction light(which should also throw the ABS light), one tire is spinning faster that another. This can happen on gravel, sand or snow/ice. When you turn the key on, do you have an ABS light on, then goes off? Same with a trac light. If you do, then you have a bad wheel sensor. Scan it and replace it.
If you are still stuck in the driveway, that's why the ABS light is still on. Get a snow shovel and dig the car out. Once you get the car on the road and all the wheels are turning the same speed the ABS light will most likely go off. It doesn't hurt anything to drive the car with the ABS light on. What that light is telling you is, the "Antilock Brake System" (ABS) is not working. The brakes will still work but, the antilock portion will not, so when you hit a icy patch, the wheels can lock during braking. The ABS senses the speed of all the wheels and if you have been spinning the wheel in the snow, it throws the system out of sychronization. Once you get out of the snow and you start to drive the light will go off, if the system is in working order. The light should go off in a block or two, if not stop the car shut the engine off and restart it. Try it again and see if the goes off, if not there's a problem with the system, get it to a shop.
That "grindy" feeling is when the ABS kicks in. It's only suppose to activate when you slam on the brakes and the wheels would normally lock. Instead, ABS will very quickly pump the brakes on and off, to prevent the wheels from locking (making a giant skid mark) and stopping the car more effectively. Generally this only happens if you slam on the brakes or loose traction due to rain or snow while braking. If this is happening often and the brake light is on, on the dash, then you need to get this checked out by a qualified mechanic ASAP.
I assume tht is traction control. Check fuses ,eeven abs fuses ,traction control is part of abs. If fuses ok will need scan tool to find cause of lite going on. Most common are abs sensors and broken abs wires. And if abs tone ring is part of axle shaft some rock may have damaged teeth of ring .
Traction control systems measure wheel speed differences by various
methods to determine if one wheel is rotating faster than the other. A
heavier buildup of ice/snow could be affecting wheel rotation speed
causing the TCS to engage. ABS works by sensing slippage at the wheels
during braking, and continually adjusting braking pressure to ensure
maximum contact between the tires and the road. Suggest
clearing out the wheel wells now and periodically throughout the winter. Also remove ice/snow
build up between the wheel and the brake pads/rotor.
Your noisy experience with your ABS and ECS is exactly what all of these systems do in icy, snowy, and any environment that causes your tires to lose traction. The ECS light when blinking or illuminated is just informing you that the ECS is being activated to let you know your traction is limited.
I have an Elantra and have driven my GF's '06 Sonata many times. I live in MN and it does the same thing with snow etc. and so has past cars i've owned such as Subaru Legacy, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Toyota Camry.
With ABS it does seem to take quite some distance to stop in icy or snowy conditions. When it's dry it's impossible to beat.