97 Avalon ABS lite on TRAC lite flashes, resets w/restart of car
My 97 Avalon has done the above 2X, with the addition of randomly not being able to get the car out of Park without pumping the brake pedal several times; I can feel the brake pedal "sink" finally and I'm able to put the car in gear. Very random situation.
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Re: 97 Avalon ABS lite on TRAC lite flashes, resets...
Have your ABS system scaned for codes(intermtent code) as for the car not goin out of park when applying the brake,there is a level or linkage that works as a safety,this linkage may need adjustment.the linkeage goes from thr pedal(brake) to the shifter,some of the work thru a selenoid that gets activated when the switch is on.
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HAVE VECHICLE CODE SCAN SOUND LIKE FAULTY WHEEL SPEED SENSOR.WHEN YOU SEE LOW TRAC LIGHT YOU ABS BRAKE SYSTEM IS ADJUSTING BRAKE PRESSURE TO KEEP CAR FROM SKIDDING LIKE WHEN YOU ARE ON SLIPPERY WET ROADS OR ICE. IF YOU SEE LOW TRAC LIGHT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM IN ABS BRAKE AND TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM.
When the Service engine soon, ABS and TRAC lights are turned on at the same time the computer control units for the engine and the ABS/TRAC systems has sensed a fault in the electronic controls of the engine and/or the emission system and the ABS and Traction Control system (part of the ABS system). When this happens you will seldom feel the car engine run any different or the car drive any different. There are about 200 possible faults that turn the Check Engine light on, the fault in your car is likely a part called the VSS sensor to know for sure what the problem is you must have the system tested; Kragen and Autozone parts stores do this testing for free
Sound like you have a bad alternator, poss bad battery too.If you can jump start it with a volt meter check voltage at battery should have above 13.5 volts, do this after you unhook jumper cables and engine running.If bad voltage reading replace alternator make sure you charge battery before starting engine with new alternator or it could damage alternator.If good voltage have battery check.Hope this helped.
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Agreed! But, there seems to be a glitch involving the ABS and TRAC system. On my 99 GAGT, when the eng and tranny are cold, I tend to get an ABS fail during turn/brake instances. If I restart the engine, it generally goes away. I've done a bit of research and have found nothing that fives a definitive answer to this. If you take it to the dealer, it will cost an arm and a leg for the troubleshooting alone. I'd recommend driving it as is provided you can get the ABS to reset by restarting the engine. Sorry I can't provide any better solution...