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The ETS warning light comes on and stays on all the time. What all is involved int htis system and how do I begin to diagnose the problem?

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Best thing is to bring your car to any AUTOZONE parts store..and have them put the computer on it ...ITS FREE.. they will tell you what the code is or what part you may need....
This will get you in the right direction....

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ETS OFF warning light and check engine light blinking. Car runs rough and will not shut off


The ETS light comes on usually in responce to a cooling system problem in Cavaliers. The first thing to do is check your fuses. The Check Engine light always comes on when the ETS light comes on. You need to be concerned with this ETS system first. Usually it is your 30 amp fuse that needs to be replaced. On most cav's the fuse box us under your hood, on the right hand side. There are two fuses that are for the coolent system. Check these fuses first. If the fuse is blown, change it and the dash light should go out. If the fuse blows in a week or so again, then try to read the codes like the guys above say. When the fuse it out, the code reader is just going to say that you need to check your fuse. This is what happened in my car, and my mechanic said it was pretty common in these cars. Good luck.

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What does the ETS off light on the dash mean


Hello there
let me try to explain it the best way i can

If you are talking about the light coming on when you are driving in slippery conditions, this is normal. If you are talking about it staying on all the time, the ets is either turned off or you have another problem. Let?s take a moment and explain why the electronic traction control which is called Enhanced Traction System (ETS) warning light will turn on when the engine computer sees a problem. The ETS system monitors wheel speed via the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). If the ETS system sees a wheel spinning due to snow, ice, rain etc., the ETS computer sends a request to the vehicle?s engine computer to reduce torque. The engine computer responds with a combination of strategies. In the engine computer?s bag of tricks to stop wheel spin it can perform any one or combination of the following; cut fuel off by trimming or turning off fuel injectors, ****** the spark timing or up shift the transmission. In the days of old we just let up on the gas pedal. Now the computer does it for you. If you have an engine running problem it is more of a problem than you realize. The engine computer is the high command center. The engine computer will work and respond to information from the other computers in the vehicle. But in the event there is a system or running problem that the engine computer is responsible for, ?it will? lock out all of the other vehicle computers. If there is an engine running problem that causes the engine computer to store a code and turn on the ?Check Engine? light guess what computer doesn't talk to the others? The engine computer. The ETS computer gets all put out when this occurs and turns its warning light on in protest. So, there you have it. If the check engine light is on the ETS warning light will come on as well and the ETS system will not operate until the engine computer problem is corrected.

Oct 31, 2010 | 1998 Buick Skylark

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Left the keys in the ignition adn had AAA jump it. Now the T/C with a slash through it came on and the light that says low engine power. The car starts really rough and has no power when u drive it. WHats...


T/C light = Traction Control

Could be something going on with a wheel speed sensor. You'll have to have the ABS/TCS controller scanned for any stored trouble codes to see why the controller is turning on the light. The code(s) might help you to determine what part of the system is faulting. You'll have to take it to a shop that has a high end scan tool.

If the TC light is on, chances are there is a trouble code set and stored in the computer. You need to determine what the code is. If you take the car to a nationally recognized parts store, most will scan the computer for free, so there is no money out of pocket for you.


Actron also makes a ABS code checker called BrakeScan. Don't know how good it is, but it might be good for a DIY person.

TC Explanation:

If your vehicle is equipped with the Enhanced Traction System (ETS), this warning light should come on briefly as you start the engine. If the warning light does not come on, then have it fixed so it will be ready to warn you if there is a problem.
If the warning light stays on, or comes on when you are driving, there may be a problem with your Enhanced Traction System and your vehicle may need service. When this warning light is on, the system will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your driving accordingly.
The Enhanced Traction System warning light may come on for the following reasons:
If you turn the system off by moving the shift lever to FIRST (1), the warning light will come on and stay on. To turn the system back on, move the shift lever back to a position other than FIRST (1). The warning light should go off. The warning light will come on when you set your parking brake with the engine running, and it will stay on if your parking brake does not release fully. If the transaxle shift lever is in any position other than FIRST (1) and the warning light stays on after your parking brake is fully released, it means there is a problem with the system. If the traction control system is affected by an engine-related problem, the system will turn off and the warning light will come on. If the Enhanced Traction System warning light comes on and stays on for an extended period of time when the transaxle shift lever is in any position other than FIRST (1), your vehicle needs service.


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ETS Warning light and check engine lights came on at the same time


On certain issues that cause the 'check engine' light to come on, the 'computer' shuts off the 'Electronic Traction System' (ETS) to save power incase it is needed due to the issue. The main thing to focus on in this situation is why is the 'check engine' light on. You can go to your local auto parts store and ask them to check what code(s) is being given. Once the issue that is making the 'check engine' light is fixed then the 'ETS Off' light should also turn off.

Jul 12, 2010 | 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

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ETS sensor light stays lit on dash as "ETS OFF" 1996 Grandam SE 3.1 V6. bought "as is" would like to know what ETS is and where the sensor is located and how to replace sensor


hi this is the Enhanced Traction System ( ETS )it is an all-speed engine based traction control system used by General Motors Corporation in many of their models. In some models, the driver has the option to disable this system by pushing a button marked "ETS". The system uses sensors to monitor wheelspin and reduces engine speed, upshifts or retards ignition timing to improve traction, have a look and see if there is a button , all you have to do then is press it and it will go off....hope this helps

Jun 04, 2010 | 1996 Pontiac Grand Am

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The "ETS" light is on what does that mean?


EST - Enhanced Traction System

This light should come on briefly as you start the engine.
When the warning light is on, the system will not limit wheel spin.
There should be a button to turn it on or off, for the system to be working the light should be off, if the light is just staying on you need to have it services.
Hope this was very helpful.

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I have a 1997 4 door Grand Am and the ETS light says off, what does this mean?


If you are talking about the light coming on when you are driving in slippery conditions, this is normal. If you are talking about it staying on all the time, the ets is either turned off or you have another problem. Let�s take a moment and explain why the electronic traction control which is called Enhanced Traction System (ETS) warning light will turn on when the engine computer sees a problem. The ETS system monitors wheel speed via the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). If the ETS system sees a wheel spinning due to snow, ice, rain etc., the ETS computer sends a request to the vehicle�s engine computer to reduce torque. The engine computer responds with a combination of strategies. In the engine computer�s bag of tricks to stop wheel spin it can perform any one or combination of the following; cut fuel off by trimming or turning off fuel injectors, ****** the spark timing or up shift the transmission. In the days of old we just let up on the gas pedal. Now the computer does it for you. If you have an engine running problem it is more of a problem than you realize. The engine computer is the high command center. The engine computer will work and respond to information from the other computers in the vehicle. But in the event there is a system or running problem that the engine computer is responsible for, �it will� lock out all of the other vehicle computers. If there is an engine running problem that causes the engine computer to store a code and turn on the �Check Engine� light guess what computer doesn't talk to the others? The engine computer. The ETS computer gets all put out when this occurs and turns its warning light on in protest. So, there you have it. If the check engine light is on the ETS warning light will come on as well and the ETS system will not operate until the engine computer problem is corrected.

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the first thing that comes to mind is a wheel bearing/wheel speed sensor in the a.b.s. brake system. usually the abs and/or brake lite will come on also. maybe check fuses in cab and under hood just to be sure. make sure brake fluid is full. a diagnostic scanner that could access a.b.s. codes may be necessary to pinpooint problem.

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Warning Light on Mercedes ML270


Hi,

To my understanding:
BAS ESP - Electronic Stability Program (keeps you moving in the direction you intended the vehicle to go); probably a faulty brake switch or a bad brake sensor. You may want to reference this forum for additional insights;
ETS - Electronic Traction System (keeps you moving); would require an appropriate code reader to diagnose and pinpoint problem.Surprisingly, there has been some reports of defective brake pedal switch that activates this warning. You may lilkewise want to reference this forum for additional insights.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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