Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: "Service Stabilitrak" has come up on my dash and I do not know what it means?

asked by on

"Service Stabilitrak" has come up on my dash and I do not know what it means. Also it says to check traction service as well. I need to know how to fix it and if it is serious

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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 the system is receiving a bad signal.

Due to your traction service light being on as well, there is likely an issue with the system. You are absolutely fine to drive the vehicle. Just know these devices to help control the vehicle in a sliding situation are off, and you will need to drive accordingly if in certain conditions.

The best option is to have a technician look at the system. You may want to attempt to have the vehicle scanned for diagnostic troubleshooting codes. They may give you a better idea of what exactly has failed in the system if you are wanting to perform the repairs at home. The common issues with these systems are a reading from an input sensor, a faulty controller, or a bad connection. All are relatively easy to repair, but may take some time to diagnose. To pinpoint the problem, a certified professional from YourMechanic can assist with a diagnosis of the traction control system so that this can be correctly addressed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  • Home
  • Questions
  • "Service Stabilitrak" has come up on my dash and I do not know what it means?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Slip differential slipping

Hello. When this happens it is an indication that the gears in your differential are worn out and need to be replaced. To repair this issue, the differential will need to be rebuilt or replaced. This should be done by...

Q: 2006 GMC 2500 HD P0101 Mass ari flow sensor (MAF) performance

The powertrain control module (PCM) sends the mass air flow (MAF) sensor a 12-volt reference signal. Incoming air flows over a wire inside the MAF, which allows it to measure intake air temperature, and therefore air density. The MAF then...

Q: Coolant reservoir overflows while air conditioning is running

Hello, A few different items can cause the coolant reservoir to overflow. If this is going on while the vehicle is not overheating, it is a bit less common. The most likely causes would be a failure of one...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.