Reasons Why Your ABS or Traction Control Light is On

Reasons Why Your ABS or Traction Control Light is On

C216Very few things cause as much worry as when a light on your car’s dashboard comes on while you’re driving. However, many Texas drivers may not know exactly what some of the lights may be indicating. So today, the friendly auto repair experts at Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks in Grand Prairie, Texas are discussing some of the common reasons your ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) or traction control light is on.

Malfunctioning ABS

Traction control and ABS often share the same control module and internal self-diagnostics system. Sometimes an issue in the ABS can trigger the traction control light to come on. If that is the case, then both the ABS and traction control lights will be on.

Low Fuel Levels in ABS Fluid Reservoir

One reason your vehicle’s ABS light is on is because it may be sensing abnormally low levels of brake fluid. You’ll be able to notice if your brake fluid is low by the way your car brakes. The braking may seem soft or spongy. However, if the brake fluid is low, you’ll probably see more than just the ABS light come one.

Wheel Speed Sensors Are Broken

Wheel speed sensors determine the rate at which each wheel is moving. The sensors send that information to the traction control module, which determines whether or not power needs to be shifted. Wheel speed sensors can get dirty or damaged and stop working, which keeps the traction control module from knowing when to enable the system.

Traction Control is Turned Off

Many new vehicles give drivers the option to turn off the traction control in their vehicles. So, if your vehicle’s traction control light is on, it may be as simple as making sure your traction control isn’t turned off.

If your traction control or ABS lights come on, be sure to contact Christian Brothers Automotive Green Oaks in Grand Prairie, TX today. Discover the nice difference.