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If after a service garage replaced the anti-lock brake control unit on a Saturn the traction control will not work are the two related and if so what is the remedy?


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2015-07-16 19:20:30
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Sensors on the wheels determine if the wheels are moving at the approximate same speed. During braking, if one wheel locks up, the brakes will start to pulse, allowing the locked wheel or wheels to start turning again and return control of the steering. The same basic principle is used during accelleration. If one wheel starts to spin considerably faster than the others, the ignition is briefly disconnected, reducing the accelleration rate and allowing the tire to stop spinning. The two processes share the same wheel sensors as well as many other parts of the control system. Yes, the two are definitely related. It may be something as simple as a loose connection or something as complex as a faulty module. Unfortunately, the best way to determine what is wrong with the traction control would be to have the vehicle connected to a diagnostic unit that can check the brakes and onboard control computer. This can be done at an independent repair shop, and if the vehicle is out of warranty, it will probably be a bit expensive.

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while the actual shifting of gears isn't typically related to traction control, on most FWD vehicles, the differential is mounted in the casing of the transmission, and that component is a key factor in traction control.AnswerThe Windstar traction control is much more integrated into the ABS (anti-lock braking system) - takes the same signal from the wheel sensors and applies the brakes to any wheels determined to be spinning faster than the others.

These are most likely related - when the vehicle detects certain emissions faults it will turn off the vehicle's traction control - not a safety issue. The service light is on due to an emissions control fault - need to have vehicle scanned to find the source of the error.

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I've answered this type of question a lot, and I'll tell you the same thing. Brakes directly affect the safety of you and your family, and if you don't understand how to do the work correctly, have a pro do it. If you insist on doing it yourself, have someone who has some experience walk you through it. Many new vehicles have antilock brake systems, traction control systems, and stability systems that depend on the proper operation of the brakes to do their job. See the related links for additional help.

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