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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:38 pm    Post subject:  Service Traction only at dealer? Reply with quote

I've got what I'm pretty sure is an electrical issue. My traction control is activating almost every time I put the car in drive after backing up, and about once every two days the Service Traction System, ABS, and TRAC OFF lights come on. Turning off the car clears those lights for a while.

Is the dealership the only place that can actually do STS service, or do some shops do it?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It's a chassis code (Cxxxx). You should be able to read it with a higher-end scan tool capable of reading chassis codes. A cheaper $100ish scan tool won't be able to read it, but a higher end one (or a really high end one at a mechanic) should be able to read it. Doesn't have to be the dealership.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

As Franks said... Go to Autozone or some place like that, get them to read the code for you. most times its a problem with the wiring to that wheel or a wheel bearing. If you are able and have some tools you can fix it yourself.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

got the same problem, well now it comes on when i turn the key over. i know what my problem is. its the wires from the wheel bearing to the plug they touched the cv shaft and now are bare. i still have cruise control so im not in a hurry to fix it but i know its the front passenger tires

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:32 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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As Franks said... Go to Autozone or some place like that, get them to read the code for you. most times its a problem with the wiring to that wheel or a wheel bearing. If you are able and have some tools you can fix it yourself.

I could be wrong, but I think Auto Zone will (or rather, has scanners that can) only scan for powertrain codes...might be worth a call to ask before you rely on them to do it.

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i know they usually open the cheapest scanners on their shelf. but every once in a while you will find a store that opens the top shelf scanner

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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got the same problem, well now it comes on when i turn the key over. i know what my problem is. its the wires from the wheel bearing to the plug they touched the cv shaft and now are bare. i still have cruise control so im not in a hurry to fix it but i know its the front passenger tires


I found another thread with the same issue as me that said it's the speed sensor, so yeah, the wires from the bearing to the plug. Have to put the car up and take a look at each week to see if I can see bare wires.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You might be able to go to an independent shop, they might read the codes for free. There are a few shops around here that do that.
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got the same problem, well now it comes on when i turn the key over. i know what my problem is. its the wires from the wheel bearing to the plug they touched the cv shaft and now are bare. i still have cruise control so im not in a hurry to fix it but i know its the front passenger tires


I found another thread with the same issue as me that said it's the speed sensor, so yeah, the wires from the bearing to the plug. Have to put the car up and take a look at each week to see if I can see bare wires.


Chances of actually seeing a Bare wire are pretty slim (unless it did rub against something) the wire breaks inside the wire loom. You have to remove it from the loom (the black cover with the wire in it) and have a look. Thats why its nice to have it scanned first, no guessing witch wheel it is.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Chances of actually seeing a Bare wire are pretty slim (unless it did rub against something) the wire breaks inside the wire loom. You have to remove it from the loom (the black cover with the wire in it) and have a look. Thats why its nice to have it scanned first, no guessing witch wheel it is.
This was the story with my car. The ABS lite was on, & after opening the loom, the wire inside still looked fine. Replacing the wire fixed the problem. My pal at the Chevy dealer used the scanner, & was told it was the right front wire. 2 weeks later, the left front wire needed to be replaced. All has been fine since. GARY

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'll just schedule a trip to the dealer. I could spend more time calling and driving around to shops trying to save a buck when the dealer will be able to do it.

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if you want to spend money just to find out what is the problem i would invest in a scanner that will be able to read the code. if you have another sensor go bad it will probably pay for itself

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Chances of actually seeing a Bare wire are pretty slim (unless it did rub against something) the wire breaks inside the wire loom. You have to remove it from the loom (the black cover with the wire in it) and have a look. Thats why its nice to have it scanned first, no guessing witch wheel it is.
This was the story with my car. The ABS lite was on, & after opening the loom, the wire inside still looked fine. Replacing the wire fixed the problem. My pal at the Chevy dealer used the scanner, & was told it was the right front wire. 2 weeks later, the left front wire needed to be replaced, so back to the dealer. All has been fine since. GARY

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Irish_alley wrote:
if you want to spend money just to find out what is the problem i would invest in a scanner that will be able to read the code. if you have another sensor go bad it will probably pay for itself


Agreed. Getting a half decent scanner won't cost much more than a diagnostic check at the dealer if you are planning on fixing it yourself anyway. The dealer I use charges 130 just to look at the car.. it's ridiculous.

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I have a ScanGuage II, but it doesn't read ABS codes or STS codes, just the standard engine codes. Believe me, I tried. Plugged it in, no pending codes. I don't know of a code reader that does read ABS codes that's not a few hundred dollars.

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