One of the scariest things to experience is driving in poor road conditions and losing control of your car. Whenever the road is wet or icy, you could end up fishtailing and hydroplaning if your tires lose traction with the road.
Thankfully, your vehicle has a traction control system, and today, the friendly auto repair experts at Christian Brothers Automotive in Concord are explaining what all your car’s traction control system does.
How Traction Control Operates
Present-day vehicles have electronic traction control which uses sensors to monitor the speed of each wheel and determines if one or more have lost traction. If the sensor detects that one wheel is spinning faster than the others, it will use the brake connected to slow it down. This way, the driver can regain control of their vehicle and continue to drive at a safe speed.
Traction Control as Part of the ABS
Traction control works with the ABS, but in a different way. While the ABS is used when you’re trying to come to a stop, traction control is used when you’re trying to accelerate.
For example, if the road is wet from rain and you stop at a stop sign or red light, then you may not have proper traction on the road. Your tires will begin to spin, but you may not move very much. The traction control will start up and cause your tires to slow down so that you can get enough grip on the road to continue propelling forward.
When the Traction Control Light Comes On
Your vehicle’s traction control light may come on for a couple of reasons. It can be either an ABS malfunction, a broken wheel speed sensor or your traction control module is faulty. Regardless of why it comes on, the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Concord can figure it out!
If you’re experiencing issues with your traction control or other parts of your braking system, contact Christian Brothers Automotive Concord today! We’ll show you the nice difference.