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Old 11-14-2003, 01:37 PM   #1
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My 97 SSEi Bonnie is doing ok, except I have a concern that the Traction Control isnt working properly.

With the traction on, if I am at the lights in the rain, and try to light up the tires, the wheels will spin, and only occasionally will the traction control come on. Usually I back off to get grip so I dont know how good its really working. Isnt it supposed to come on instantly

I havent played with this too much (mainly cos my trans is dying and I dont want to leave it behind on the side of the road ) but does anyone know of any issues with the traction control on the 97 SSEi??

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Do you ever have the traction control light come on? What is the condition of your brakes?
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brakes are good, no problems there. The light is off in normal operation, when I turn off the tractioin control, the "traction off" light comes on.

I dont see the light flash or anything when the wheels are spinning.

I guess my question is: is it possible to spin the wheels when traction is on ???
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I know that mine can still spin, especially if I'm on ice or slush or something very slippery.
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I've noticed that the car has to be moving in a lateral direction like on ice or snow for the traction control light to activate. Spinning the tires alone does nothing unless the car lurches sideways?
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wow, that surprises me. Straight line traction would be important in an SSEi in the snow or ice huh !!!!

That gives me an excuse to get lateral under accelleration !
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I've noticed that the car has to be moving in a lateral direction like on ice or snow for the traction control light to activate. Spinning the tires alone does nothing unless the car lurches sideways?
I just did this today.. Dropped the hammer in second (bout 40mph or so) broke traction still going straight and the low traction light tripped on for a few seconds. No lateral motion that I could discern. It was damp on the roads with a light drizzle. Brand new Michelin Energy'* too...I love this car...
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I did that too, but I dont have TC... I was mad so I left in a huff... and I 'broke traction'..
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The older bonnevilles (1992 and a few years after) use applied braking. Should work in a straight line or a turn.

At some point (late 90'*) to current, traction control is retarded engine timing.
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