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Q: The traction light is on but the button on the console says it's off. Is it safe to drive the car?

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question if I should drive car is traction light is on but the counsel button says off

My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Your car should be safe to drive, however t...

Your car should be safe to drive, however this suggests that you may have a traction control system problem. 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.

When the ECU senses an abnormal speed given specific conditions, it engages the ABS or traction control as needed to control the vehicle properly and safely. Occasionally, these sensors can fail or become faulty working intermittently sending inaccurate signals to the ECU. When this happens, you may experience the symptoms you have described. The ABS or traction control system may be inadvertently activated by these false or inaccurate signals.

To avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would suggest having a professional from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your ABS and traction control system to determine the cause for this.

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