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Well, I have a 2001 cavalier and it started to act odd.

Well, I have a 2001 cavalier and a few months ago I was driving to my friends house. They live about three hours away from me. And about 3/4 of the way there my cars message center displayed a symbol that said trac off. and my car immediately lost power (which is what the manual said it was supposed to do). we sat on the side of the road for about 10 minutes and then we started up again and went about 20 more minutes before it did it again. we repeated this process till we got to another friends house and we waited there for a few hours and we replaced the fuel filter because he thought that might be the problem. but when we left to drive the remainder 30 miles we drove about 20 and it went to trac off again. so after this we kept it under 60 mph the rest of the way and it gave us no problems. The next day we went to an auto shop and had them check it they cleaned a few sensors and they said we should be okay on the ride home. so a few days later when we left all was well until we got about 3/4 of the way home then it identically repeated itself the same way as the few days prior. My car drives perfect around town and on small trips but I haven't drove it for more that an hour at one time since my problems. I'd really like to get my car fixed before I need to go on any extended period trips. When we traveled to our friends the weather was decent and we were traveling at a constant rate of about 65 mph. The engine temperature was normal and we saw no abnormalities beforehand. Extra details- car has just over 100,000 miles on it, automatic transmission, purchased from family members about three months prior and they reported no problems with it beforehand. Rained hard for first 45 minutes of travel to friends house and then cleared up, weather on way back was perfect. Your service would be so helpful and would relieve much stress from me!!! Thanks Skyler

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  • Arnold May 11, 2010

    In my opinion, the problem sounds more like it's related to a traction or speed control sensor...I suspect the computer is getting an inaccurate speed or traction loss input then inhibiting power to the engine. Sorry I can 't help you more from here...



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Skyler here is your fix and it is simple and cost effective:

Replace the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor). $30 to $40 if you do it yourself or $70 to $95 if you have a service station do it. This will fix all of your problems related to the TRAC OFF light and transmission shifting into low gear.

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