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Drove my 2008 T&C home from work and felt a hard vibration in the front wheels. I was going around 15MPH. my Electronic Stability Program (ESP)/Traction COntrol System (TCS) iindication light started flashing. The vibration lasted for about 5-10 seconds. It happened the second time this morning. Any ideas?

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Check for mud inside rims or have balance checked. could also be bent rim that only does at slower speed.

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SOURCE: My abs, brake, esp/bas, and esp/tcs lights all came on at once. Every time I start the car they are off and about thirty seconds into motion they all come on. Brakes seem to be functioning fine. It

Most likely ou have speed sensor that Is not giving the correct info. At startup the abs does a self check and since the light stays off until you drive it there is no issue with the systems integrity. The light comes on after you start to move because the system is not seeing the info it should be seeing. Your best course of action is to have the abs system scanned for trouble codes. This will help narrow the possibilities. Once you have the codes post them here.

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