One of the scariest things to experience while driving is losing control of your car, especially because that usually happens in already poor driving conditions. Whenever the road is wet or icy, there is a good chance that your tires may lose traction with the road, and you could end up fishtailing and hydroplaning. Thankfully, your vehicle has a traction control system, and today, the friendly auto repair experts at Christian Brothers Automotive in Granbury, Texas are explaining what all your car’s traction control system does.
How Traction Control Operates
Modern 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 recognizes that one wheel is spinning faster than the others, it will use the brake 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 you stop at a stop sign or red light and the road is wet from rain, 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 activate and cause your tires to slow down so that you can get enough grip on the road to propel the vehicle forward.
When the Traction Control Light Comes On
There are a couple of reasons as to why your vehicles traction control light may come on. 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 Granbury can figure it out!
If you’re experiencing issues with your traction control or other parts of your braking system, contact Christian Brothers Automotive in Granbury, Texas today! We’ll show you the nice difference.