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2008 Chevy HHR warning on Dash says "SERVICE ESC"

This is the electronic stabilization control if I read correctly, but I have read 25 different reasons, and a half dozen suggestions.

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When you figure it out let me know! I drive an HHR as a service vehicle it does the same thing with an activation of the brakes in the front to "correct" a problem that is not there. About a year ago it had an engine code that indicated the intake valve timing solenoid was not working correctly, I got a new one from NAPA and replaced it. For whatever reason (I have found no connection between the two systems) the "Service ESC" problem has nearly disappeared. The message and associated front end shutter would occur 3 or 4 times a month but since replacing the solenoid it has only occurred 1 or 2 times.

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