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1996 Buick Skylark - check engine light is on and now occasionally the ETS and ABS light comes on

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You need to get the codes to proceed. Its anyone guess at this point.

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What is ets off on a car l have a 1996 Skylark


The actual cause may vary. If I remember correctly a bad oil pressure switch might cause the ets to turn off. Or it might be a defective oil pump. Either way, you will need a qualified technician troubleshoot the cause.

Oct 18, 2014 | 1996 Buick Skylark

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I have a 1997 buick skylark that the check engine light occasionaly comes on before start if not onbefore hand itwont start plz help


This sounds like a computer problem or bad connection, check all your battery connections and grounds. can you have it scanned for codes at an auto parts store, and see if there are any codes stored in the computer.

Oct 30, 2012 | 1996 Buick Skylark

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Why is my abs ans ets light on What does it mean


The most probable cause for the ETS (Electronic Traction Control System) light is the ABS light. When there is a problem in the ABS, ETS is disabled.

The ETS uses ABS data to help control the ETS system. You will need to have the ABS computer scanned for codes.

This light usually comes on if you have a failed wheel speed sensor but these vehicles are common for the ABS module to fail causing the same problem. You can back probe the wires comming out of each wheel speed sensor with the wheel lifted in the air and check for ac voltage as you spin the wheel.

What ever sensor does not put out voltage needs to be replaced if they all seeem to work it is likely the ABS module. But before you replace any parts you would want to have the ABS module checked for codes at one of your local shops that has a high end scan tool that can access those codes.

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Oct 27, 2011 | 1996 Buick Skylark

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What is an ETS light keeps flashing what does this mean


This a technical bulletin for your car
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File In Section: 5 - Brakes
Bulletin No.: 63-50-09
Date: March, 1996
INFORMATION
Subject:
"ETS OFF" Indicator Lamp On with No DTC's Set Models:
1996 Buick Skylark
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
1996 Oldsmobile Achieva
1996 Pontiac Grand Am, Sunfire On vehicles equipped with Enhanced Traction System (ETS), the "ETS OFF" indicator lamp may come on and ETS and Cruise Control might become disabled. There may be no ABS or PCM Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC's) stored and there may be no "Check Engine" lamp on. This condition has caused a high rate of unnecessary IPC replacements.
The PCM sets a Type "C" or "D" FAILURE RECORD which sends a message to the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) to turn the "ETS OFF" indicator on and to disable ETS. The PCM can then disable Cruise Control, but may not turn on a corresponding "Check Engine" lamp. These Type "C" or "D" Failure Records are not stored in the normal Current or History menus.
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The technician is instructed to check normal operation of the "ETS OFF" switch and the ETS system. The technician is then instructed to check for Failure Records and directed to Section 6E3-A of the Service Manual, see chart. When the PCM Failure Record is corrected, normal operation of the ETS system and Cruise Control should return.



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What does the ETS off light on the dash mean


Hello there
let me try to explain it the best way i can

If you are talking about the light coming on when you are driving in slippery conditions, this is normal. If you are talking about it staying on all the time, the ets is either turned off or you have another problem. Let?s take a moment and explain why the electronic traction control which is called Enhanced Traction System (ETS) warning light will turn on when the engine computer sees a problem. The ETS system monitors wheel speed via the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). If the ETS system sees a wheel spinning due to snow, ice, rain etc., the ETS computer sends a request to the vehicle?s engine computer to reduce torque. The engine computer responds with a combination of strategies. In the engine computer?s bag of tricks to stop wheel spin it can perform any one or combination of the following; cut fuel off by trimming or turning off fuel injectors, ****** the spark timing or up shift the transmission. In the days of old we just let up on the gas pedal. Now the computer does it for you. If you have an engine running problem it is more of a problem than you realize. The engine computer is the high command center. The engine computer will work and respond to information from the other computers in the vehicle. But in the event there is a system or running problem that the engine computer is responsible for, ?it will? lock out all of the other vehicle computers. If there is an engine running problem that causes the engine computer to store a code and turn on the ?Check Engine? light guess what computer doesn't talk to the others? The engine computer. The ETS computer gets all put out when this occurs and turns its warning light on in protest. So, there you have it. If the check engine light is on the ETS warning light will come on as well and the ETS system will not operate until the engine computer problem is corrected.

Oct 31, 2010 | 1998 Buick Skylark

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ETS light comes on and off. Why?


have a 1996 skylark, check engine light comes on and ets blink on and off car want start. What does this mean?

May 03, 2010 | 1996 Buick Skylark

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ETS light has come on


This is usually caused by a bad wheel speed sensor that are not too bad to change,you need to remove the calipers and rotors to get at them but after that they are just held in with on 8mm bolt and then they just unplug a pull out.You should get the codes read by someone that can scan for both engine and abs codes to confirm but i think you'll find that this is where you end up.

Dec 19, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

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1996 Buick Skylark electrical issues.


The instrument panel is faulty , I understand that there are a couple of places in the country who repair these, I went to a junk yard and got another , however the code needs to to be matched with the ign switch ? ( The theft system is built into the cluster as well ... Good luck !

Jun 25, 2009 | 1996 Buick Skylark

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ABS Light is on....brakes work fine John from Texas jamarenergy@charter.net


On vertually every car if there is a problem with the ABS the regular brakes will still work. You probably have a bad wheel speed sensor, these are the most common cause for an ABS light.

Mar 31, 2009 | 1996 Buick Skylark

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