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When the traction control light comes on it shuts the motor down to 1000 rpms. is there a sensor that controls that? 2001 cavalier

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  • dickythenose Oct 05, 2008

    trac control light comes on runs real rough and exhaust has bad smell.when i use the scanner code po118 shows, changed the temp. control sensor , did not solve the problem. also seems the battery is being drained and it is brand new.

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    i have a 2002 caviler with same problem also is it normal.

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Sounds like your alternator is not giving out the correct voltage or isnt giving out any voltage. computers need the correct voltage to work properly. if your alternator is bad and your battery gets drained then that could make the computer give funny codes and make it run rough. the simple test is to unplug your positive battery cable after you start the car and see if the car still runs. if it does then the alternator is working. if you have a volt meter you can make sure that the alternator is giving out between 12 and 15 volts.

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