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My Service Engine Soon light blinks off and on and the TRAC OFF light will stay on when it does it. Plus when it does it the car will shake some and have less pick-up. Already changed the spark plugs, ignition control module (?) and something like the engine cover coils or springs. helped some but not all the way. It's still doing it, just somewhat less shaking and a little better pick-up when it happens. PLEASE HELP! It's a mystery!

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SOURCE: My Tracker shakes like a wet dog when idling!!

You could check to make sure the plug wires are all intact. If they are, try replacing the wires and plugs. It could also be that the idling is set too low. It could be the mapping sensor as well. Also try, Maybe the coil pack is going bad. It will cause the engine to misfire. The can be bought at Auto Zone or Advanced Auto. Some place like that...

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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SOURCE: service engine soon

this is your check engine light
when the computer see's that a sensor or actuator is out of range it will set a code that can be retreeved by using a scan tool.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008

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SOURCE: took 800 mile trip

The ABS and traction control are ususally one in the same and will require a mechanic with special tools to diagnose. You can check to make sure the brake pads are not worn out (it is about time to replace them on this year car) that the wheel sensor wires are in one piece and amke sure the brake fluid is changed (This needs to be done every 24,000 miles on any car). As for the Check Engine light, you'll need a scanner to pull the code, but check the gas cap as this is the most usual culprit. We have a 2004 Grand Am (very similar to the Alero, but without the traction or ABS) and the only time the Engine light came on was when the cap was loose.

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Shaking steering when braking

Your front brake rotors are most likely heat distorted. When the rotors get hot, they "warp" slightly. Then, as you brake, the rotors runs in and out of true, high spot/low spot, if you will. This is transmitted up the steering column into the wheel. Replace the front pads and rotors, and get the back brake cleaned ans adjusted properly, if you do not have rear discs. This will eliminate all of your vibrations.

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Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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SOURCE: anti lock light and so on , is on

I got this car from my inlaws, and this same thing had been going on when they gave me the car. It ran fine, but the lights would come on withing a few miles of driving the car. Service Vehicle Soon, ABS, and Trac Off were the lights that were coming on. I drove it this way for awhile, then when I had it in for routine maintenance I was told I need the front wheel bearings replaced. I found a friend who replaced them for me, and lo and behold when I got the car back the lights were gone and haven't been back on since. I don't know a lot about cars so there certainly could be other problems that would cause these same symptoms, but it worked for me ;)

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