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Good morning - I have the Service RSC Now and ABS and Stability control light on my 2008 Ford Explorer

Am I able to drive the vehicle and if so - have far can I drive this vehicle ?

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  • Brad Brown Mar 12, 2018

    Can you drive with that condition? YES is it recommended NO. Braking and performance are impacted and you know how liability is. There are code readers that you can rent or buy that will tell you what is causing that error. IF could be something simple like a sensor or it could be something drastic like a control module.

  • Mark Bryan
    Mark Bryan Mar 12, 2018

    Ok - Thanks Brad - I just wanted to see if I could drive it for a few miles to get it to a mechanic

  • Mary C Davis
    Mary C Davis Jul 22, 2021

    Hey, I found your question by googling my situation. Did you get it resolved? My RSC and Traction light randomly come on together. If you see this and don’t mind, please email me about your experience [email protected] Thanks!

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What happened before the light came on? Did you have any events like snow or ice, accidental slide offs? Dead battery?

Posted on Mar 12, 2018

Testimonial: "Good morning Brad - Thanks for replying back I had no events before this occurred Just driving about 45 MPH on a normal road and everything lit up I am able to drive in this condition and how far I am able to drive with this going on ?"

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SOURCE: abs light, trac light, service engine soon light 2001 Pontiac Grand Am

Sounds like you have a bad wheel speed sensor. You need to have it scanned. Since it's been sitting, it might just be a bad connection to one of the speed sensors.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: abs light/traction control light

You can check out what the trouble code is by pushing and holding the information button and the up arrow (right side of instrument cluster above the radio) until all the instrument clusters light. Press the information button (last) to enter test mode. I've had an error C1234, meaning Left rear wheel sensor fault. I found the problem to be a corroded connector under the chasis just under the rear left door about 2 feet in. I had to by-pass (replace 1 wire due to corrosion at the connector.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: 1996 Ford Explorer XLT abs light comes on on

The ABS light is for the Anti-lock Braking System. The MIL will illuminate if there is a difference in wheel speed sensors signals to the PCM. So you might have a wheel speed sensor that is going out on you. Does the light come on at low speeds, or just higway speeds? You could take the vehicle to a local parts store and have them pull the codes for you and that will tell you which speed sensor is out of whack. Also road grime, dirt and gunk buildup can cause speed sensors to give false readings. Hope tihs helps you out.......

Posted on Oct 22, 2009

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SOURCE: 99 jaguar xj8 stability control failure, abs light on

Disconnect the multi plug behind the left headlamp and also all plug connectors on abs sensors behind discs and spray with wd 40, Shazoom all lights go and problem solved.

Posted on May 13, 2010

Anonymous

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SOURCE: My stability system and traction

Hello Tip.

All three systems rely on some of the same sensors in order to operate.
In this case most likely is wheel speed sensors. By far the most common problem.
The system will need to be scanned to find out which is the offending one and be repaired.
Not all scan tools have the capability to read ABS systems. Make sure whoever you take it to has this available. Most good shops will have this.
If you have further questions on this, please ask me here, be glad to help.
Thank you for using FixYa.

KL

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