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Wierd issue involving power steering, trans and warning lights

The no Traction light comes on and stays on. Along with this the digital display says power steering.
When these two items are displayed the transmission jumps hard into gear and feels like it is slipping.
The power will go in and out at this time also.

Now this problem does not occur and stay on the whole time I’m driving.
Sometimes it does not happen at all when I’m driving all day but if I turn it off and leave it sitting and turn it back on it will occur again. Sometimes I have fixed it by clearing my codes or turning off the car and turning it back on.

The check engine light is on also and stays on.

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Sounds like the sensors need replaced. The power steering wouldn't effect any of your problems but the traction light would! The Traction senor is a safty function which effects both braking and acceleration. Which is only suppost to work when your tires slip wheather in snow, gravel, or whatever. If your not slipping and its functioning then it means your senor is bad and needs replace!

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What are the code numbers?
Read them before clearing them.
They will most likely show the cause of the problems.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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