Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How Long Does a Traction Control Switch Last?

How Long Does a Traction Control Switch Last?

traction control switch

Traction control helps to prevent the vehicle from losing traction while you are driving down the road. The traction control system is turned on when the throttle input and engine torque do not match the road surface conditions. Some of the things the system does is apply brake force to one or more wheels, reduce the sparks to one or more cylinders, or reduce fuel supply. The traction control switch turns the traction control system on and off.

The option of turning the traction control system off with the switch is available because some drivers to not like the intervention and find it annoying. If you do deactivate the system with the traction control switch, a warning light will illuminate on the dashboard to remind you that traction control is not available. The system will stay off until you turn it back on, or until you start your vehicle again.

The traction control system is automatically turned on every time you start your vehicle, so if you prefer to have it off, you need do this manually each time you start the car. Furthermore, turning off the traction control does not turn off the anti-lock braking system, which is something important to remember.

Over time, the traction control switch can go bad and wear. This is because it is an electrical part and is prone to wear and tear. The traction control and anti-lock braking system are closely related so a problem with one can cause issues with the other, which is why it important to have your vehicle diagnosed by a mechanic.

Since the traction control switch can go bad and fail over time, there are a few symptoms you should be aware of that indicate it is going bad.

Signs that your traction control switch needs to be replaced include:

To ensure you have a stable and reliable car, have a certified mechanic look out for any other problems your car may have to reduce further complications with your vehicle. Also, have the mechanic replace the traction control switch to ensure your car is running at its full capacity.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP)...


Related questions

Q: Traction warning on, unexpected deceleration

It definitely sounds like there is an issue either with the engine management or traction control system. Fault codes need to be read out to see if there are any underlying issues causing these malfunctions. One common input to both...

Q: Interior lights will not shut off

There are two possibilities that can cause the problem you describe. One of the door ajar switches first may not work when you open the door, making contact and signaling the body control module to turn on the interior lights....

Q: Traction control light is on, 2000 BMW

As you know, 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....