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Service Traction System

Just recently on my car. the Service Traction System message appears and i lose my Traction System and it goes to ABS system.

I pushed the Tract Off button. But after 15 minutes. I get the Service System message again.

Any clue what is going on and how to fix it?

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    dwelton30 Mar 30, 2012

    Welcome to the wonderful world of GM poor ABS design. I have had the same exact issues with every monte carlo Ive owned (2). The cheapest way to troubleshoot would be to check each wire to each wheel for continuity using a wire tester. Since many ppl dont know how to use one, I would suggest looking at the wires visually then following them as far as you can see to make sure there is no breaks in the wire. The GM design is terrible with abs and the wires ALWAYS Effing break near the bearing or near the quick pin connects(where the 2 wires plug together near the wheel) Often times they become saturated with water or dirty and cause connectivity issues. Take some cleaner (approved for electronic connections for about 5 bucks at advanced auto) and spray those connectors out. IF you have access to a ABS tester(I bought mine because ive had to fix it about 4 times now) USE THAT FIRST, it will tell you which wheel is being shorted and you get under the car and find the broken wire and/or dirty connection. Its a painful process and often times will only just fail 6 months to a year later. It all depends on how patient you are with GM :P

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    p1178 service abs system, service stability system, service traction control system

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    said service traction after I jumped it everything is fine but I want to see what was wrong so I can fix it before it happens again

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It could be a bad ABS sensor or a dirty one or it could be a bad speed sensor both run tration system .have the code read and it well tell you which wheel or if it the transmission speed sensor

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Had same problem on 2003 monte carlo turned out that the driverside rear tire pressure sensor was bad cost around 350 bills

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