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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Traction Control Module
Common signs include the Traction Control System (TCS) Light coming on, TCS not turning off/on, and loss of TCS or ABS features.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Wheel Speed Sensor
Common signs include the ABS Light coming on, ABS not working properly, and the Traction Control Light staying on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Yaw Rate Sensor
Common signs include the Check Engine Light, Vehicle Stability, or Traction Control Lights coming on and the Stability Control Light flashing.
How Long Does a Traction Control Module Last?
The traction control in your vehicle assists you in driving on slippery surfaces and helps your wheels keep traction on the road. The system is normally activated when the throttle input...
Are Wider Tires Better?
The size and width of the tires on your vehicle determines how your vehicle will handle in different conditions. There are several factors that go into the decision of which tires to equip your vehicle...
How Tires Work
You know that tires are an important part of your vehicle and you can’t get anywhere without them. However, there is a lot more to this component on your vehicle than you may...
5 Essential Things to Know About Off-Roading
Ah, the thrill of going off-road! If you’ve done it, you know there’s nothing better than showing off your expertise and skill. However, if you haven’t, there are five essential things you need to know...
How Long Does an Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) Last?
Technology has come a long way where cars are concerned, and the braking system is one area that has really benefitted from advances. There are now all kinds of safety...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Traction Control Switch
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, car braking inconsistently, and the traction control switch not depressing.
How Does Traction Control Work?
It’s raining as you drive on a darkened highway late at night, but you never worry about safety. Your car has traction control. While you know the term, you may not understand what it...
How to Replace a Traction Control Switch
A traction control switch helps you keep control of your wheels on different surfaces. Signs of failure are a Check Engine Light or a broken switch.
How to Replace a Traction Control Module
The traction control module (TCM) can reduce engine power or apply braking to an individual wheel to prevent wheel spin in rain, ice, or snow.
How to Replace a Yaw Rate Sensor
Yaw rate sensors monitor traction, stability, and the anti-lock braking system to alert you when the car tilts at an unsafe degree.

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Loss of power after driving for about a mile. The car won't drive over 30 mph.
Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...
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Traction and Check Engine Light on
Hey there. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. ...
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Traction Light coming on
Hello. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the...
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Traction control light comes on occasionally in dry weather
The traction control system is dependent on wheel speed sensors at all 4 wheels. It reads the speed of each individual wheel. If it detects a wheel or wheels, spinning faster than other wheels, it can apply braking or reduce...
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The computer readout located by other controls
It means the traction control system is not working. The Traction control is an automatic feature that modulates the throttle if it senses wheel spin. If the controller senses a fault in any of the system components, it shuts the...
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The ABS and VSS lights are on!
Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...
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Car powers down & says service traction & ESC Light
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)/Traction Control System (TCS) Indicator/Warning LightThe Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system or the Traction Control System (TCS) indicator/warning light comes on briefly when the engine is started. If the system is working normally the indicator light goes...
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TCS (Traction Control System) light is sometimes on
Hello, most often this problem is due to a dirty or faulty wheel speed sensor. Wheel speed sensors provide critical information to both the ABS and traction control systems (TCS). To determine which wheel speed sensor is bad (or other...
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My car's tire pressure monitoring system lights come on when the tire pressure is normal
Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors on each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information to the ABS and traction control system (ESC) which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...
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"Service Stabilitrak" has come up on my dash and I do not know what it means?
Hey there. These messages are there to tell you that the main computer has detected an issue with the systems. The warning lights are very general. They can mean the system is malfunctioning, the system has been turned off, or...
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Why is my VSC light on?
This is related to your vehicle's traction control. VSC stands for Vehicle Stability Control. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors on each of the four wheels that monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the traction...
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Display shows "Service AdvanceTrac", what does that mean?
AdvanceTrac is the traction control system that is used in Ford vehicles. Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information to the traction control system, which...
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Trac Off, ABS, and service lights
Hello, when you have a light on for a system it indicates a fault with that system. The ABS and traction control system are link together using the same input information for the computer’s operation. ABS (anti-lock brake system) prevent...
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Indicator Lights Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Indicator Light stays on
This is related to the traction control system in your car. This system monitors the steering stability of the vehicle and engages when loss of traction has been detected. This system counteracts over steering and under steering by reducing power...
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The traction control light comes on until the ignition is switched off, then it is off for a short time, then on again.
As you may know, your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors on each of the four wheels, which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information to the traction control module, which is controlled by the car's ECU. When the...
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The ABS and traction control lights stay on the dashboard
Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information to the ABS and traction control system, which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU senses...
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Why is my transaxle light flashing on and off?
In general, if your dash warning lights flash briefly right after cranking your engine and then turn off, this is normal. Each system is performing a self-check. The lights turn off after verifying that the systems are operating. If one...
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Is it safe to drive when this warning light is on? Thanks.
The Advancetrac is the name for your traction control system that is used by Ford. The traction control system monitors the steering stability of the vehicle and engages when loss of traction has been detected. This is done by the...
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Could the Traction Control System (TCS) lock your wheels?
Hi there. Your vehicle is designed to haul lots of weight and a trailer behind it. The noise could be from the traction control system (TCS) activating when in a turn. If a wheel speed sensor is not functioning correctly,...
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Service AdvaceTrac Warning Light is on in my car
Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car's ECU. When the ECU...

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