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Old 07-06-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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Trac ON/OFF button not working?

Well I decided to just go pressing random buttons on my car... and when i pressed Trac Control, the light on the button didn't come on. So then I pressed it again, and the light still did not come on on the button. My dashboard has no Trac ON/OFF indicator on whatsoever.

Does this mean that the Trac control all together isn't working? or is the button just not working?
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Same happening with mine. Hope somebody jumps in so we can find out how to fix it.
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Same happening with mine. Hope somebody jumps in so we can find out how to fix it.
Is your ABS light on as well? I read somewhere that the ABS can affect it somehow. I'm not sure how though. Mine is on, but it's been on.
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just curious did the button get unhooked? like new shifter or someting and forgot to plug it back in? just a thought..
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Okay real question is, when you turn the car on where it says traction control Does it have an illuminated off under that
If so, I know your problem
If nothing comes on when you hit the button, most likely it still works, but the light under there is burnt out, in my black Mustang we always turn traction control off because of the posi rear end, and it never illuminates, because the light is burned out
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Sometimes you can clean the wheel sensor and stop the problem. It should throw a code if you have some one who can diagnose it.
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No, but I do remember that today, my dad was looking at my fuses for me (because the break light switch connector broke, and he was looking at the stop light fuse), and he said that one of them blew while he was looking at it. He said that he wasn't sure which one blew, but then he looked at it more and said that it was the break light fuse that went, and he replaced it with one from his truck. Maybe the fuse went out? But i looked at the owners manual, and looked at the fuses, and it doesn't say anything about a fuse for the traction control.

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Okay real question is, when you turn the car on where it says traction control Does it have an illuminated off under that
If so, I know your problem
If nothing comes on when you hit the button, most likely it still works, but the light under there is burnt out, in my black Mustang we always turn traction control off because of the posi rear end, and it never illuminates, because the light is burned out
But wouldn't something come up on the dashboard that says it's off? at all times, if i were to turn it off? It's as if it doesn't know that I pressed the button.

I'm not sure if a fuse could have blew, because my dad was looking at the fuses today and said that one of them blew while he was looking at it, and it was the stop light fuse that blew, and said he replaced it with one from his truck. He may have blown more than one, and just not have known it. But i looked in the owners manual, and couldn't find anything about there being a fuse for the traction control.
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What about when the lights always on and when you click it it doesn't do anything? My abs light is on as well I think that may be affecting it
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best way to test is if you have an auto tey n do a burn out if it dosnt let u and it try's to adjust itself ten ur trac is on and the press te button n try again if it spins freely without the abs controlling the spin then it's the bulb
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What about when the lights always on and when you click it it doesn't do anything? My abs light is on as well I think that may be affecting it
How long has your ABS light been on? Mine has been on ever since my aunt bought it from Enterprise when it was under a year old. I took it to my mechanic and he said that the ABS isn't even communicating with the rest of the car or the diagnostic computer. So I don't know if that could actually be causing it or not. I know nothing about all of that lol
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If your abs light is on and your trac control is off, it's most likely a brake sensor, one of mine is messed up and it causes abs to come on
And no, nothing comes on on the dash because the button is built to have a light behind it to read off when trac is off
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if your ABS light is on it will affect the traction control, because they are connected together, the ABS will automatically disable the traction, if your ABS is not on then its something else.
i only have information if the ABS is on, the first thing you wanna do is check your speed sensors located near the wheels, check them for loose connections or dirt, rust whatever. or you can take it to the dealership or a mechanic that has an advanced computer system which can enter into the ABS system and read which speed sensor is failing or any other code, if the mechanic couldn't connect to your ABS, i mean if a message shows saying "connection failed", then let your mechanic check the cable connects to the ABS module, check that there is power in the cable, if everything looks fine in the connection, thats mean your ABS module is out and you have to replace it or fix it for $100 on ebay or any local place.
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How long has your ABS light been on? Mine has been on ever since my aunt bought it from Enterprise when it was under a year old. I took it to my mechanic and he said that the ABS isn't even communicating with the rest of the car or the diagnostic computer. So I don't know if that could actually be causing it or not. I know nothing about all of that lol
Since I bought te car in 2011. Abs has been on and trac light stayed on.
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See, my ABS is on but my trac control button light is on. No matter how many times I press it, it won't turn off. The light never comes on. So I never know if I'm riding with or without traction control because I don't know if I've clicked it on or off.
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See, my ABS is on but my trac control button light is on. No matter how many times I press it, it won't turn off. The light never comes on. So I never know if I'm riding with or without traction control because I don't know if I've clicked it on or off.
as long as the ABS is on, the traction automatically disabled doesn't matter if the traction light is on or off, so you are running without traction now!
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Oh crap lol no wonder I spin out at red lights
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #18
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Oh crap lol no wonder I spin out at red lights
Lol same here!! My back tires do it. Do the tires do something weird when you back up sometimes too??

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as long as the ABS is on, the traction automatically disabled doesn't matter if the traction light is on or off, so you are running without traction now!

So if my ABS light is on, meaning my ABS doesn't work, then my traction is also disabled?
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From what the others said I think so
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Yes. If the ABS light is on, the traction control is also disabled. I recently had the very same thing going on with my car. ABS light on and traction control light on. Then one day I noticed that the traction control light was NOT on and the ABS light was still on. Now it is back to both of the lights are on. I don't know what the problem is. I'm not a fan of ABS so it will probably not ever get fixed while I own this car. I suspect though, that if the ABS is working properly, all of the light gremlins will suddenly disappear...
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Yes. If the ABS light is on, the traction control is also disabled. I recently had the very same thing going on with my car. ABS light on and traction control light on. Then one day I noticed that the traction control light was NOT on and the ABS light was still on. Now it is back to both of the lights are on. I don't know what the problem is. I'm not a fan of ABS so it will probably not ever get fixed while I own this car. I suspect though, that if the ABS is working properly, all of the light gremlins will suddenly disappear...
When you back up, like out of a drive way or a parking spot, do your back wheels sometimes lock up? I don't know if I would call it locking up, but it's like they skid.

I don't know if it would be related to the traction control or not.
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When you back up, like out of a drive way or a parking spot, do your back wheels sometimes lock up? I don't know if I would call it locking up, but it's like they skid.

I don't know if it would be related to the traction control or not.
Never. That sounds like it could have something to do with the differential in your rearend.
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Never. That sounds like it could have something to do with the differential in your rearend.

Could you dumb that down for me? Lol
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Could you dumb that down for me? Lol
The thing that spins your tires hahah
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The thing that spins your tires hahah
Oh haha well how could I tell if that's the problem? Could I do that myself or would I need to take it to my mechanic?
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Could you dumb that down for me? Lol
Lol. Not a problem. To better diagnose this problem, try having someone back your car up and duplicate whatever it's doing while you stand outside and listen, and watch, around the rearend, and try to determine where the noise or "skidding" is coming from...
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Lol. Not a problem. To better diagnose this problem, try having someone back your car up and duplicate whatever it's doing while you stand outside and listen, and watch, around the rearend, and try to determine where the noise or "skidding" is coming from...
I'll try that, I'm going to have to find out what conditions make it do that. It doesn't really do it that much anymore, it's actual pretty rare for it to happen now. But it used to do it a lot, it would even happen if I took off from a stop light, and then it would feel almost as if I was dragging the tire and waiting for it to turn.
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Yeah. Sounds like somethings up with the rearend.
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sounds like it could be a broken tooth/teeth getting caught somewhere it shouldnt maybe?
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