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TCS/SLIP & Check Engine Light Warning

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I have a Nissan 350z 2003 and have recently seen the TCS/SLIP lights turn on. It has disabled the ability to accelerate by cutting the ability to control the throttle body actuator motor. I have followed the Manual's diagnostics tests and replaced the electronic throttle control (ETC) as suggested, but still my car is in the limp mode. Is there a code the dealers have to disable the TCS/SLIP lights?


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  • artumus1 Aug 09, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestions, I have already checked the codes and two come up:

    C1131: Diagnostic refers to this as "fuel cutoff to throttle" which is expected when the TCS/SLIP lights are on. I guess this is a safety measure the manufacturer installed incase your wheels start spinning and your car won't go out of control.

    P0222: Diagnostic refers to bad Electronic Throttle Control Module (ETC). I have already replaced it with a factory refurbished one, but the problem still exist.

    So my question is "how to disable the TCS/SLIP"? It seems to be stuck in this mode.

  • artumus1 Aug 09, 2008

    Thanks again for your insight. My friend is a mechanic and used a Snap On Diagnostic Tool which he says paid around $5k, so I assume this tool is indicating the right codes for each parto f the various systems in the car. I am afraid I will have to take it to the stealership to have them look at it.. I have a feeling its a simple "flash" or something they can only do to disable the TCS/SLIP and take my car out of the "limp" mode.

  • tfederighe Dec 03, 2008

    I have the same problem. My 350Z 2003 continues with the VDC Slip and engine light come only at 2500 RPMS. The car is in limp mode. The nissan dealership in Muskegon cannot figure the problem and the car is out of warranty. Any feedback?

  • ggamecrazy Dec 05, 2008

    I have the same problem, When I reach around 40mph the car stalls and wont go any further, the TCS/SLIP light goes on. It can still accelerate though by releasing the gas and accelerating again and it accelerates just a few mph more; repeating this process can bring me all the way up to 60 mph. I'm having a mechanic look at this, I'm optimistic that since it just got new tires that the speed sensors got bymped off in the process. Anyone have any clue? I will keep everyone informed.

  • dougperez May 17, 2009

    I have the same problem, When I start the car TCS/SLIP light goes on. It can stillaccelerate just little be only its stays on but that's it what can i do plese helme

  • david moehring Apr 27, 2013

    I had the same problem that Nissan couldn't figure out. I had new tires put on and when I took it back there,they rebalanced and checked alignment. Did not help. Finally figured it out. They had rotated the tires (a no no) so that the tires which are different sizes for the rearand front ,were now reversed. Repostioning the tires immediately solved the problem which was not a malfunction of the traction control.)

  • david moehring Apr 27, 2013

    Check your tires and make sure they were not roatated as this will cause your problem.

  • david moehring Apr 27, 2013

    The front and rear tires are of different size and should not be rotated

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    My tcs light goes on and my slip light also on Help?
    How do I trouble shout this problem before I go to a mechanic?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    abs light on tcs light on slip light on brake light on



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TCS is Traction Control System,and all TCS's are controlled though the Anti Lock Braking (ABS) system.Here's how it works:Each wheel,or in some cases,only the drive wheels have a speed sensor mounted near the hub or axle,and sends a speed signal to the PCM (Powertrain Control Module).The PCM monitors wheel speed continuously,and if it sees a speed out of the ordinary,say for example the right rear tire is spinning and traveling at a much higher speed than the left rear,the PCM will pulse the brakes through the ABS system on the right rear to slow down the right rear so that the left and right wheel speeds match up,this is how the traction control works.So,if you have a TCS problem,the PCM will see this and set a Dignostic Trouble Code (DTC).You need to pull the DTC's out of the system with a scan tool,diagnose and repair the DTC's.It could likely be something as simple as a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor,but you won't know until the codes are pulled out,as this will point in the general direction.Good luck.

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  • Anonymous Aug 09, 2008

    A Nissan dealer could possibly have a reflash available for the vehicle computer, the PCM,and/or the ABS module to address this type of problem.It is worth a couple of phone calls to find out.Many times,a manufacturer will come out with an updated program for the PCM to address common problems in the vehicle line.They might also have an insight into the problem,having possibly seen this same problem in another 350Z.It also could be a bad computer,one of the modules or the PCM itself.Make sure too,i don't know who scanned the vehicle for codes or what type of scan tool was used,but most aftermarket scan tools like Snap On and Genisys,if you want ABS codes,you have to manually GO INTO the ABS system on the menu.PCM codes are usually engine and transmission codes,if you want ABS or Body Module,or Air Bag codes,you have to manually go into those systems to pull out the codes.What i'm getting at is,an inexpensive $60 code reader,which i have one of,won't pull any codes except for the PCM codes (engine and trans).Good luck.

  • jacobnelson_ Dec 06, 2010

    Yes I have the same problems its started like 6 months ago I jus started the car as usual one day and the TCS OFF/SLIP lights both came on and there was no acceleration. My Car is a 2003 350Z as well, the motor has been rebuilt with performance internals and has an Aftermarket APS Single Turbo Kit on it. My Mechanic has gone through checking the Throttle Body Actuator to checking the Turbo, he even Rewired the ECU, appearantly Its getting way to much air and over powering the Fuel mixture, thats obvious though, no matter what he does its fixed and then before I can go pick up the Car he starts the car to make sure, and low and behold the car does it again and goes back into Fail safe mode. I too was wondering if I would be the PCM as well. With the wheel sensors, but that wouldnt make sense cause when he hooks up his Diagnostics scan tool he still will read alot of air over the fuel mixture.. Any Nissan Technicians that can give some advice???? please!!! I dont have alot of money right now to spend at the Dealerships for them to tell me the same thing?? I guess what im asking is can it be fixed without taking off the Turbo kit? Thanks for all the help




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I have 2004 since I changed my RIM and TIRE ,SLIP problem,everytime I curve the SLIP goes ON/OFF and cant go run fast until I make it slow then is goin back to normal.Do you have idea what the cause.

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