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Traction light My traction light keep coming on and off. Why is this happening? When the light is on it says " traction off" the control button do not work neither.

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  • ladyjet2 Aug 15, 2008

    Thank you! I will have this checked out.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    I have the same problem,,also the abs lite is on and ck engine lite...i replaced the eng ignition fuse today..after I discovered the starter wire was blowing it. Then the above mention lights came on. The car also seems to be stalling from a stop to accelerating

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I would have a comp. check on the abs system to see whitch wheel is running faster or slower than the others.You may have a wheel bearing sensor that is going bad.This always seems to be the prob. seen as how the traction control gets it's info from the wheel speed.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

  • mike watson
    mike watson Aug 15, 2008

    I am new to this site so I don't know if there is a respons section to know if my answer helped.If you could either let me know how to check for a respons or please e-mail me to let me know if it helped or not.



    Thanx,Watson

    I am a mechanic and have been for many years and known as watson here in new hampshire.(lesabre1972@hotmail.com)

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