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Could bad tires make the traction engaged come on

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Yes bad and different tires front to rear also can cause this issue

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If the tyres are slicks on one side and new tyres on the other this is a possible consequence. Check that the tyres on either side are of identical profiles and sizes with approx. the same tread wear.

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Does traction control system cause tires to wear out faster


No, Traction control only engages when slippery conditions exist. So unless you live in the snow belt or drive on wet muddy dirt roads you may likely never experience a traction control engagement.

Apr 23, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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On my 01 grand vitara i changed the 4wd pump behind the bumper the indicator light for 4wd now comes on but 4wd still does not engage


what does engage mean.? it fails on ICE or DIRT

engaged, means, (mechanically) one tire front and rear have traction

with LSD front and rear all 4 have traction and spin on ice

does it?

part time 4wd dont work on dry pavement so that is my 1st question

why not state, what you are driving on, and what does engage means

by what means did you check engaged.????



this car is not AWD, do you know the difference from AWD and

Part time 4wd? the diff, is there is center differential. on part time

so must be (true test) tested on ice, or dirt.



see the videos here, or a demo.

or on ice. ice you will see front and rear both working,

on dry plave ment all you get is windup... very very bad to do

in traffic, causing you to wreck and other to get , hurt.

if you understand all that, then do say what you mean

ENGAGED.

if you know what windup is and it dont, then you are correct

its not engaged. (jack left front tire up, engage it and feel it? by turning the the tire, it must fight you)

front up, rear down. in 4wd.

here it it is again.

http://www.fixkick.com/part-time-test.html



if it dont engage for real,. may i introduce you to the FSM

its in my hand now.

page 3B-3 . see it?

switch closes in xfr case

ECU sees that and powers up the air pump.

if pressure is good the Ecu is told that, if wrong you get scanned DTC code saying just that (obd2 scan too)

the pump has 2 shut off modes, good pressure. and fails to hold for 10seconds. (prevents pump from running all time)

if all the above works the Lamp glow by PCM command.

if you have full pressure , the lock in the front axle is now locked

no pressure, no lock yes full pressure it must lock or the axle

actuator is bad.

the page 3B6 says pressure is 4.25 to 6.40

page 3b10 is the acutator test. and the TRUE ENGAGE TEST

front wheels off ground.

apply 4.2psi with shop air and reg.at the acutator nipple

1: you spin one tire, the other spins backwards (GOOD test)

kill the 4.2 psi supply air

2: you spin one tire.

and the other tire, does nothing, (remains stationary)

pass. test 2.



test one is locked

test 2 is 2wd.



the other tests are on ice or dirt.

does that help?

Jan 05, 2014 | 2001 Suzuki Grand Vitara

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When turning in 4 wheel drive it feels like my tires are flat or are dragging. is this normal?


When you have 4x4 engaged, you take the differentiation out of the equation to allow the tires to turn at different speeds. With no differentiation between the tires, you drive train binds up. What you are feeling is the binding forces overcoming the traction of the tires on the road surface and relieving the stress on the components.

If you are feeling this binding, you are driving on a hard, high-traction surface which does not require 4x4. In loose, slick or low-traction situations, your tires slip slightly so the drive train does not build up stress on components.

Using 4x4 in situations where it is not necessary can lead to premature failure of locking hubs and other driveline components.

Dec 16, 2009 | 2001 Chevrolet S-10

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What is the traction light?


this light means a system that controls wheel spin is engaged so tires will not over spin and loose traction such as on ice or too much power aka won't let u smoke tires

Jul 09, 2009 | 2001 Oldsmobile Alero

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Service traction system and ABS light


verify all tire pressures are correct this can affect abs traction control on your vehicle

May 31, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Impala

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Service traction system light on after getting new tire


wheel bearing about to go bad.. Notice any slight roaring noise??

Mar 17, 2009 | 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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Transmission Traction "Off" light stays lit with Traction button


The traction control system is controlled through the Anti-lock brake system. The way it works is if one of your wheels starts spinning the ABS applys the brake to that wheel to transfer power to the oppsite wheel that is getting traction. If your ABS is bad then your Traction control won't work. To check it I would find a parking lot on a wet day. In an open space mash in the gas. if you hear the ABS system kick in and you don't squall the tires then your good. My guess is you won't. What I would be worried about is will my ABS work. When checking the traction control is a good time to check the ABS. Acclerate to around 15 mph, then mash the brake as your live depended on it. If you hear a motor run and feel a vibration or grind in the brake peddal, then it works.

Jan 09, 2009 | 1997 Buick LeSabre

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Traction Active light comes on


1prettysmile,
The "traction active" light is a light that lets you know when a certain part of your Anti lock break system engages. Each tire has a sensor that detects a couple different things in the wheels. One of the sensors may be going bad and needs replaced. Any of these sensors going bad can cause those symptoms.

Oct 09, 2008 | 2004 Chevrolet Impala

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