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AdvTrac light remains on all the time and "check AdvTrac" message

The battery died in our 2005 Ford Explorer. When we replaced the battery, the AdvTrac light is always on in the instrument panel and "check AdvTrac" message beeps and shows up each time the car is started.

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  • nmccollum Feb 12, 2009

    Same thing. I just replaced my battery in my 2005 Explorer XLT and the Advtrac light stays on continously and it simultaneously started making a noise in my front suspension when I drive over speed bumps.



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You will have to retrieve and clear codes from VDM module with a scan tool. You may also have to calibrate it as well.

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    how do you access and clear the VDM codes?


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My explorer 2005 8 cylinder gives check advtrac and I feel the car very heavy and the enjine sound very load .it consumes the full tank fuel for only 290 km
shall i use OD off or on

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