How Traction Control Operates
Modern vehicles use electronic traction control that have sensors which 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 that wheel’s 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. That’s when the traction control will kick in and cause your tires to slow down so that you can get enough grip on the road to propel 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 friendly auto repair experts at Christian Brothers Automotive Olathe 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 Olathe, Kansas today! We’ll show you the nice difference.