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Low Traction Light, And ABS Light

In the past 2 weeks my low traction light has been coming on when it shouldn't. Bumps, uneven pavement, coming to a stop and taking off from a stand still are all causing my low traction light to blink and come on. But gravel roads or wet roads don't, basically road conditions you would expect it to come on it don't. And every once and a while it stays on and triggers my no traction and abs light to come on. I am hoping its just a sensor or something easy, just dont know how to diagnose it. please help.

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Most lickly one of the frt wheel bearing assy. sensors is bad. unless the light stays on all the time it is hard to figure out which one is bad without a scanner to monitor the system while you drive.

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I had the same thing happen, the light would come on when the road conditions were perfect and not turn on at all when icy. I ended up taking to a dealership and it was just a loose sensor.

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