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I have the EXACT problem joshvs described on jan 25,2010; Check engine light on, VDC disabled on, and cruise control on. There were no answers posted.

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The "VDC Disabled" means that your Antilock brakes and traction control system has been disabled due to a malfunction, The Cruise Control light means that the Cruise control has been disabled due to a malfunction and the Check Engine light means that there is a malfunction in the engine management system. If all three lights came on at the same time, you most likely have a bad Vehicle or Wheel Speed sensor - this will affect all three. The only way to find out for sure if this is the cause, or to find out which speed sensor is at fault is to scan all your computer modules and retrieve the fault codes

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