P0881 OBD-II Trouble Code: Traction Control Module (TCM) Power Input Signal Range/Performance

Our certified mechanics come to you · Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

Red-stars EXCELLENT RATING ON

Cost of diagnosing the P0881 code

P0881 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Traction Control Module (TCM) Power Input Signal Range/Performance". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic for $114.99 . Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.0 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.

Cars Estimate Credit towards follow-up repair Earliest Availability
Ford $114.99 $20.0
Toyota $114.99 $20.0
BMW $124.99 $20.0
SCHEDULE P0881 DIAGNOSTIC Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

P0881 code definition

The P0881 trouble code detects a problem with the traction control module power input signal.

What the P0881 code means

The P0881 code is a generic OBD-II trouble code that suggests a problem with the traction control module communication circuit. The traction control module (TCM) communication circuit is responsible for sending data to the powertrain control module (PCM) and other control modules about the traction control system and usage. The PCM and the other control modules take that information into account when calculating things such as the optimal engine timing and the right fuel delivery strategy. When the PCM or any of the other control modules stop receiving data from the traction control module communication circuit, then the P0881 trouble code is detected.

What causes the P0881 code?

The P0881 trouble code is usually caused by a malfunctioning ON/OFF switch in the traction control system, which is often caused by spills on the switch. Other possible causes are damaged electrical connectors, such as shorted wires, open connectors or circuits, and blown fuses, and corrosion on the sensor connector.

What are the symptoms of the P0881 code?

The P0881 trouble code is usually accompanied by the check engine soon warning light illuminating on the dashboard. It is also likely that the traction control system will not function, and the vehicle may lose traction on wet or icy roads. The P0881 code can also impact the transmission, resulting in harsh shifting, or even an inability to shift. Reduced fuel efficiency is also a common symptom of the code.

How does a mechanic diagnose the P0881 code?

The P0881 code will be diagnosed using a standard OBD-II trouble code scanner. A trustworthy mechanic will use the scanner to view the freeze frame data and assess the P0881 code, while also looking for any additional trouble codes that are present. The trouble codes should then be reset and the vehicle should be restarted, to see if the code returns or not. If the code does not return, it was likely an intermittent issue, or falsely detected.

If the P0881 code does return, the mechanic should start by visually inspecting the electrical components of the traction control system. Any loose, short, or damaged wires, damaged or open circuits or connectors, or blown fuses should be replaced.

The mechanic should then check the traction control ON/OFF switch, as this is the most likely culprit. If the switch is not damaged, a controller area network (CAN) scanner can be used to obtain further data about the traction control module, to see exactly where the issue is coming from.

When any faulty component is spotted, it should be replaced before further inspection. After replacement, the trouble codes should be reset and the vehicle restarted before the mechanic proceeds any further. This ensure that no erroneous work or repairs will be done.

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P0881 code

The most common mistake made when diagnosing the P0881 code comes from a failure to adhere to the OBD-II trouble code diagnosis protocol. The protocol should always be followed step by step, to make sure that inspections and repairs are both thorough and efficient.

How serious is the P0881 code?

A vehicle with a detected P0881 trouble code is still drivable. However, the traction control system will likely be disabled, meaning that the car will be liable to lose grip with the road when road conditions are at all slippery. The P0881 code can also cause transmission issues, and when unattended serious damage can ultimately occur. For these reasons, the P0881 code should be addressed as soon as possible.

What repairs can fix the P0881 code?

Repairs for the P0881 include:

Additional comments for consideration regarding the P0881 code

The P0881 trouble code only applies to vehicles that have an electronic traction control system.

Need help with a P0881 code?

YourMechanic offers certified mobile mechanics who will come to your home or office to diagnose and repair your vehicle. Get a quote and book an appointment online or speak to a service advisor at 1-800-701-6230.

OBD-II
trouble codes
P0881

No more waiting rooms! Our mechanics will come to you to diagnose and fix the P0881 code.

SCHEDULE P0881 DIAGNOSTIC
Get a $20 credit for the follow-up repair

Recent Check Engine Light is on Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(7400)

Rating Summary
6879
249
58
41
173
6879
249
58
41
173
 at YourMechanic

David

13 years of experience
393 reviews
David
13 years of experience
Chevrolet Malibu L4-2.4L - Check Engine Light is on Inspection - Marietta, Georgia
He explained everything to me in detail on what I needed to know about my car. Definitely recommend him for getting the job done.
 at YourMechanic

Raymond

37 years of experience
402 reviews
Raymond
37 years of experience
Toyota Camry L4-2.2L - Check Engine Light is on - Las Vegas, Nevada
Raymond did a great job however I was charged for two hours labor and he was only here less than 45 minutes. should I expect this on future appointments with your mechanic ?
 at YourMechanic

Shane

17 years of experience
217 reviews
Shane
17 years of experience
Volkswagen EuroVan V6-2.8L - Check Engine Light is on Inspection - Austin, Texas
Arrived on time. Explained the issues he found and how he will fix it. I have parts on order and will schedule an appointment to have Shane install the parts when they arrive.
 at YourMechanic

Kanstantsin

19 years of experience
51 reviews
Kanstantsin
19 years of experience
Ford F-150 V8-4.6L - Check Engine Light is on Inspection - Littleton, Colorado
Kanstantsin arrived early. Was very courteous and professional. Will highly recommend to anyone. Thank you Kanstantsin.


More related articles

P0238 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor A Circuit High
P0238 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor A Circuit High What the P0238 code means P0238 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when...
P2327 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil J Primary Control Circuit Low
P2327 P2327 code definition Ignition Coil J Primary Control Circuit Low What the P2327 code means This trouble code indicates that the powertrain control module has detected a malfunction within the ignition coil circuit that is associated with it. What...
P0715 OBD-II Trouble Code: Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P0715 means the transmission will not be able to read the engine RPMs to shift properly causing transmission to shift hard or erratic.

Related questions

what causes a P0174 bank2 combustion too lean
You will need to have the system inspected thoroughly to see why the vehicle is going lean. The possible causes are that you are loosing fuel pressure or fuel volume. If fuel pressure gets too low it will cause the...
U1262 scp data link fault
The code U1262 point out a communication fault between the vehicle modules and a scanner. It may be best to visit your local dealer to find if one of the vehicles control modules has failed. In some cases this can...
P0301 and P0411 codes on vw Passat 2003 1.8lt turbo
Fault code P0301 (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/p0301-obd-ii-trouble-code-cylinder-1-misfire-detected-by-jamahl-walker) is a misfire on cylinder # 1 and P0411 (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/p0411-obd-ii-trouble-code-secondary-air-injection-system-incorrect-flow-detected-by-spencer-clayton) is a fault for Incorrect Secondary Air Injection. Trouble code P0301 is most likely due to a faulty ignition coil (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/ignition-coil-replacement). To verify before purchasing one,...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com