Q: Engine dies for a second when traction control light comes on

asked by on January 21, 2017

When driving on the freeway and I drive over a wavy part of the road, my jeep stalls and the traction control light comes on then the jeep keeps going

My car has 15000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi There, 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 at each of the four wheels that communicate with the Power Train Control Module (PCM) regarding steering performance and stability in adverse weather conditions. The traction control system works by reducing engine speed and determining which wheel to apply brake pressure to in order to prevent the vehicle from sliding. The anti-lock braking system and the traction control system work together to maintain the stability of the vehicle. The computer uses this information received from electronic sensors regarding the rotational speed of each wheel, the horizontal motion of the vehicle, and the vertical motion of the vehicle to determine how to direct the traction control system or the anti-lock braking system to best control the vehicle when needed. When this warning indicator light comes on in the dashboard, this is your traction control system doing it’s job and keeping the control of the vehicle in check properly.

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