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On certain issues that cause the 'check engine' light to come on, the 'computer' shuts off the 'Electronic Traction System' (ETS) to save power incase it is needed due to the issue. The main thing to focus on in this situation is why is the 'check engine' light on. You can go to your local auto parts store and ask them to check what code(s) is being given. Once the issue that is making the 'check engine' light is fixed then the 'ETS Off' light should also turn off.

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    Will go to parts store n check the codes gyz will let u know what the outcome is tux

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Get the codes checked.This will tell you what cylinder is causing the problem.If the wires and plugs didn`t help then you probably have a bad coil.Hope this helps.Good luck.

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Just to add to it. Volvo Darin is right, but the extended warranty period was for 10 years or 200,000 miles. It depends on your warranty start date. Being a 1999 it could or could not be covered.
Don't wait any longer, because there is NO help or extension of this warranty after 10 years.

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where is the extra traction sensor located

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Just a shot in the dark, but the oil pump may be going bad.

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