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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...
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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...
Is it Safe to Drive With the Traction Control (TCS) Light On?
The Traction Control Light indicates your car's traction control system is active. Traction control is necessary to maintain grip in slick conditions.
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?
Traction control is a car safety feature that prevents wheels from spinning on low-grip surfaces. Electric sensors in your car make the system work.
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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Car does not move and Idles constantly with the check engine light on.
Hi there. It seems to be either a transmission issue or the traction control is engaged. The traction control is designed to apply the brakes when a wheel is spinning out of control. However, if the traction control was to...
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I have a 2015 ford focus how do i turn it off when i get stuck in the snow
If you use steering controls and select driver menu and go down to settings and select it. Go to driver assist and select it. Go to traction control and turn it on or off as needed.
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When the slip ligth shows up on the dash board. Why can't I speed beyond 30 mph?
Hello, thank you for working on this. The Vehicle Dynamic Control system is responsible for keeping the tires from spinning out or locking up in certain driving conditions. Your owner's manual will have the best information on how to disable...
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Advance Trac dash light comes on and the brakes are applying.
Hi there. When the Advanced Trac light comes on and then the brakes are being applied, this means that the traction control system is active. The traction control is designed to apply the brakes to a wheel when the wheel...
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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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How do you turn the traction control on?
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The traction control is monitored by the computer using the sensors on your wheel hubs and other related components. If these get water damage, disconnected, or shorted out during the car wash, the computer...
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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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ESC light
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 use of electronic sensors that communicate with the Power Train Control Module (PCM) regarding steering...
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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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Does traction control depend on catalytic converter functioning properly?
You are right, the traction control system is not related in any way to the exhaust system (e.g., the catalytic converter) in the vehicle. Traction control involves wheel speed sensors, the ABS system, and electronic controllers. If there is a...
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Can I drive over 65 mph with traction control on? Or should I turn traction control off?
Traction control helps with the stability of the vehicle in all conditions and works with the ABS system to ensure that the vehicle can stop fast and keep the vehicle in a safe condition on any roadway condition. I recommend...
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car stuck
Hello, thank you for writing in. The best thing you can do is make traction. You need to use dirt, leaves, kitty litter, old carpeting, a floor mat, or other flat objects to stick under the tires to get traction....

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