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Traction/ABS, Security Light & Rough Idling

Ok! So I am going to give as much detail as possible here.

Traction/ABS - This problem started with traction kicking on when I was on dry roads. Now, Service Traction System light comes on in conjunction with the ABS light. I read in another post to check wiring & then replace wheel sensor/bearing assembly. I plan to give that a try this weekend, but might be useful for any other advice on this as well.

Security Light - I have heard horror stories about Security Lights coming on (mostly from Cadillac's) and not being able to start your car. Ok, mine is a little bit different. The security light does not come on when turning the car on or anytime near starting it - most generally it will pop on while I am driving. No specific speed, no specific time. I never know when it will come on. If I shut the car off, I have no problem with starting it immediately back up. I have never tried to wait and see, but when I start immediately, the light does not come on.

Rough Idling - I have had problems with the temperature gauge inside the car (dash board) not working. Not your normal not working, but works when the temperatur outside is 60+ degrees, and not if under. Through some advice of a friend, I replaced the temperature sensor (which is not as easy as everyone here had said), but I am still having the problem, but as long as I am careful and not turn the heat on too high or too quickly in the morning's - I have no problem. OK, so to the rough idling - Primarily when I have the heat on.

All at the same time - I still owe $9k on the thing and have had enough problems that I would NEVER recommend the car to anyone. AND this is coming from an avid Chevy fan. I have never owned anything other than a Chevy, but I am begining to wonder what Chevy has been doing lately ...

Thank you for your help!

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    Ohh!!! I thought that I would add that I have 117k miles on it, in case this makes a difference! Thanks!

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YOUR CAR HAS AN ABS SENSOR ON EACH WHEEL! YOU SHOULD HAVE THE CODE READ SO U KNOW WHERE TO START.MAY SAVE YOURSELF SOME MONEY.ROUGH IDLE W/HEAT ON.CHECK THE VACUUM LINES GOING THROUGH THE FIREWALL.WHEN U HAVE THE HEATER ON THE VENTS RUN OFF ENGINE VACUUM.LOW ENGINE VACUUM=ROUGH IDLE.G.M. NEEDS A 100K WARRANTY.THERE STUFF KEEPS THE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOPS VERY BUSY.

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I have a problem with clunking in the steering column well I found out what the problem is it's the intermediate shaft that has to be replaced cost 129.00 parts 169.00 labor it seems a lot o GM cars have this problem starting with 2001 cars right up until 2008 if anyone want's a list please post and I will let you know what cars are on the list

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