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My 1998 BMW traction control warning light is coming on regularly

It used to only come on when wet, but now if I am taking curves as speed, the light comes on and I feel loss of power to the wheels. I read that low tire pressure or tire wear may cause this? I admit I have not yet checked the tires. In the absence of tire issues, has anyone experienced any problems with the same generation BMW traction control? Thanks!

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  • Ric Rascoe
    Ric Rascoe May 19, 2009

    Thanks tse...I'll get on it! RR

  • Ric Rascoe
    Ric Rascoe May 20, 2009

    OK, my left rear tire was really worn and needs replacement. While I wait for my appt. for 4 new tires on Thursday, I am running my spare. Plenty of tread, but a 50 series rather than a 55 series like the other 3 tires. Question: is that difference in height enough to make the TC activate? I ask because the same symptom is occuring: high speed cornering or accelerating activates the TC light. I am hoping that either the difference in tire size or that the wear on the right rear is worse than I suspect. Any ideas? Thanks again!

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Yes definitely check the tread on your tires, they are slipping around corners that's why the traction control comes on. It could like you said be low tire pressure but they would have to be pretty low and you would notice if they were that low. The traction control is sensitive in the bmw's that's what makes them great.

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