Q: My TCS light comes on frequently and then it will display TCS off and slipped. Sometimes it will cut off and then restart later.

asked by on October 23, 2016

Why does it do that even when there's no rain or slippery road. Someone told me it could be the transmission slipping. He said when the TCS Off/slipped illuminate it could be the transmission. I need some advice on what to do.

My car has 176000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Most often, this problem is due to a dirty or failed wheel speed sensor. The ABS and TCS systems depend on wheel speed readings from these sensors. Cleaning the sensor heads, and the inductance rings on the wheel hub will sometimes cure this problem. If not, it is necessary to extract problem codes from the ABS system, requiring a 2nd level diagnostic tool - regular OBD code readers are inadequate for this. I would recommend having an expert inspect the cause of the ABS Light in person so that this can be corrected properly.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

Valve body replacement

It sounds like you might have an issue with the valve body that you got from the junk yard. It is usually not advisable to pick up internal transmission parts from a salvage yard as their condition is unknown until...

Why don't my tail lights light up when I press on the brake pedal?

Hi, thanks for writing in. I suggest checking the fuses to the brake light fuse. If the fuse is not blown then you need to check the brake light switch on the brake pedal to see if power goes in...

Car running rough and stalling

The idle control is most likely sticking or has gone bad. If this is the case, then it would need to be cleaned or replaced. If cleaning the idle control does not work, I recommend having a certified mechanic, such...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Anti-Lock Fuse Or Relay
Common signs include the ABS Light turning on, tires locking up regularly, and a blown fuse.
What Does the Low Fuel Level Warning Light Mean?
The low fuel level light warns you when your car is nearing an empty tank of gas. It should be refilled before driving several more miles.
How to Make Sure Your Car is Ready to Drive
Whether Whether you are taking a short trip to the next town over, or heading out on long summer road trip, inspecting your car before you head down the road is a great way to make sure you get to...