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The service cost of the traction control system depends on which parts need replacing or repairing and local labor charges.
Here are the replacement costs for some traction control system components:
It depends on the type of roads or weather conditions you often drive in.
A traction control system malfunction isn’t as urgent as a faulty ABS sensor or stability system on dry, clear roads. However, it may be difficult to control your vehicle and prevent tire slip during adverse weather conditions, possibly causing serious accidents.
So if you frequently drive in snowy or rainy locations, getting your traction control fixed may be more urgent than when driving in drier regions.
The anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control system (TCS), and electronic stability control (ESC) work together as part of your car’s safety system. If any of these systems malfunction, vehicle safety may be reduced.
Here are some signs of a bad traction control system:
Here are some essential queries related to the traction control system and their answers:
Traction describes the tire’s grip on road surfaces. The traction control system helps your vehicle accelerate, especially from a stopped or slowed position, and prevents wheel slippage by limiting wheel spin.
The traction control system usually works with the ABS to enhance vehicle safety. In some vehicles, the traction control system shares the same control module as the ABS, while in others, it’s a separate module positioned near the trunk area.
The traction control system works with components like the:
The traction control system doesn’t have any hardware of its own to help gain traction and prevent wheel slip. So, the TCS uses ABS hardware like sensors, braking devices, etc.
Here are the two ways in which a traction control system works:
Note: Most new vehicles have cruise control features. It’s wise to turn it off in bad weather conditions as traction control systems don’t usually work in cruise control mode.
The traction control light (TCL) can turn on for the following reasons, and it’s not always bad:
Always check your owner’s manual to know what your traction control indicators mean.
Traction control is designed to help with traction in bad weather or when your car is accelerating. It measures and controls wheel spin through the ABS sensor.
Meanwhile, the StabiliTrak system is a modernized version of the traction control system developed by General Motors. The StabiliTrak system controls wheel spin and even alters your vehicle’s trajectory. For this, it uses all hardware of TCS and ABS, along with a few additional sensors like the wheel speed sensor.
Similar to the traction control, any Stabilitrak malfunction can severely affect your car’s performance. So take your car to an expert when you spot the Service StabiliTrak light on the dashboard to check if everything’s running smoothly.
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