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What it looks like: The traction control warning light typically takes the form of the acronym "TC." Sometimes this light is a small illuminated picture of a car losing control What it looks like: The traction control warning light typically takes the form of the acronym "TC." Sometimes this light is a small illuminated picture of a car losing control. How this system works: Traction control uses wheel speed sensors to detect when one or more of the car's wheels lose grip and traction. When the system registers a loss of traction in one or more of the wheels, a computer will limit power to the wheels that are still in solid contact with the road to prevent a skid. Common reasons for this to happen:
  • ABS is malfunctioning: Traction control and ABS (anti-lock braking system) often share the same control module and internal self-diagnostics system. As a result, sometimes an issue in the ABS can trigger the traction control light. If this is the case, then both the ABS and Traction Control lights will be on.
  • Broken wheel speed sensors: Wheel speed sensors are usually in the wheel bearing assembly, and determine the rate at which each wheel is moving. The sensors relay that information to the traction control module, which determines whether or not power needs to be shifted. Wheel speed sensors can get dirty or damaged and stop working, which prohibits the traction control module from knowing when to enable the system.Traction control module is faulty: The traction control module - which, again, is often shared with the ABS - can malfunction and break altogether, causing the system to stop working. What to expect: A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of the traction control issue, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs. How important is this service? It's important to have the traction control issue investigated as soon as possible, as adverse driving conditions can arise at any time. While your car is unlikely to incur further damage from a faulty traction control system, it won't be safe to drive in rain, snow, sleet, or other inclement weather, or even possibly through pools of water on the road. Furthermore, the issue that is causing the traction control light to illuminate could also be impacting the ABS.

Sep 30, 2016 | 2006 Pontiac Torrent

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ABS & Traction control light are on, what is causing this?


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Why did the reduced engine power and service traction light come on. The car can be started then looses power and stalls out.


When the check engine light comes on it disables other module features as a safety issue. The reduced engine power light is normally caused by a defective throttle actuator motor assembly. In some instances, it can also be caused by a defective gas pedal sensor as well. In my experience, the throttle actuator motor is the most common repair

Jan 05, 2016 | 2007 Buick Rendezvous CXL SUV

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Service traction light came on & my chevy cobalt 2008 won't start.


traction control will not cause starting issues read check engine light or security

Mar 15, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Service traction control light


The light has to be on when it is checked. Also it could be something as simple as tire pressure that is causing this.

Feb 15, 2013 | 2006 GMC Envoy

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Trac Off, ABS, and VSC indicator lights are on...I was involved in a front end fender bender but nothing major just the fender and bumper damage. but these lights would not go off. 2010 Toyota Sienna LE...


It is very common for all of these lights to come on all at the same time. They are all related to your Antilock Brake and Traction control system. ABS = Antilock Brake System, TRAC OFF = the traction control system is disabled - either because there is a malfunction in the ABS system or you have turned off the traction control button. VSC = Vehicle Skid Control. - (which uses the ABS and the Traction Control to function.)

The most common cause of these lights coming on is one or more defective wheel speed sensors. Although there are many other possible causes as well. Your ABS and Traction Control system must be scanned for fault codes to diagnose the problem. If you had damage to your wheels/axles during your "fender bender" this may have something to do with it. Otherwise it may just be coincidence that part of these systems failed right after your accident.

Apr 17, 2011 | Toyota Sienna Cars & Trucks

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Traction service light comes on about every 5th start after driving a very short distance (smooth roads, no turns). Will reset if you stop and restart. (appox 35,000miles)


{: ) The traction light resetting and appearing again is a clear indication of a traction system fault that require immediate servicing. It is best to have it scanned for codes to determine the exact cause. Who knows, the cause could be simpler than we expect.

Oct 23, 2010 | 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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2004 Tahoe with the following indications service tire monitor warning service stability warning abs light TC disabled Seems to have all happened at once!


It is a problem with your abs this will cause traction and stability to turn off as they work off abs system. need to have scanned for codes. ebcm is common about going out on these

Oct 12, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Service traction system, abs & tra off lights come on when you start car the service message goes off after a while. however the other two stat on. what is the problem?


There are wheel speed senors that tell the computer about wheel slippage. One or both are malfunctioning or the wiring is chaffed.

Jun 10, 2010 | 2005 Chevrolet Impala

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Service engine soon light comes on all the time


Very common. Over time the O@ sensor builds up carbon from your exhaust which causes it to mis-read what the fuel air mixture is leaving the engine. This is a very common easily fixed problem.

Jul 16, 2009 | 2003 Oldsmobile Alero

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