Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Trac Off, ABS, and service lights

asked by on

My Trac off, service, and abs light is on in my 01 cavalier 2.2 liter. I don't know what the problem. Can you help me?
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello, when you have a light on for a syste...

Hello, when you have a light on for a system it indicates a fault with that system. The ABS and traction control system are link together using the same input information for the computer’s operation. ABS (anti-lock brake system) prevent the tires from locking up during a brake event. The traction control (Trac) prevents the tires from spinning when starting out from a stop on a surface that has less traction (mud, snow, ice or wet). To diagnose the system it requires a tool to read the computer’s information. There are faults codes that help to determine what the cause is. If you’d like, a certified YourMechanic technician can come to your location to diagnose and repair the ABS and Traction Control Lights.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Door not closing

The door latch pulls on a mechanical linkage behind the door panel that opens the locking mechanism. The mechanical linkage may have become bound with the broken handle keeping the door in the opening position. Have a trained technician inspect...

Q: Where are the theft system and its wires located?

The theft system is usually located in the steering column of your vehicle. This is due to the fact that the ignition switch is located there. This is one of the main components of the security system that prevents the...

Q: Should I get wider tires for my car?

Tire size is one of the most common changes that people make to their cars. You can purchase tires that are taller, shorter, wider or skinnier than the factory tires. Many people make these changes simply based on cost when...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...