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1996 Lincoln Town Car traction control braking front wheels?

It seems when I am on slick snow, or ice for that matter, when I try to drive, the traction control comes on but applies the breaks to the front wheels which is obviously counter productive. Is this a problem I can fix or a design flaw?

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  • scott163 Feb 12, 2009

    It is definately applying brakes in the front when the back is spinning. I will have to have the sensor checked, until then I guess I can pull the fuse, but I lose my abs too......

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Your traction control comes on when it notices either your rear tires slipping or front tires slipping and it counteracts the slip to control the slide. It should be working all 4 brakes though not just the front. There is a traction control sending unit under the dash that should be looked at to make sure that it is sending the Trac Control the right message. If it is reading the slide wrong then it should be replaced. Sometimes then can just reset the computer and all works well other times you need to replace the sensor. I would see if they can reset the computer first then go from there. Pleae rate if satisfied. Thank you

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    Jeremy Reddick Feb 12, 2009

    YEs that is the bad part. ABS and traction control is good, but at the same time it is just another problem for a vehicle to have. Good luck

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