when stopped at a stop light on a snow covered road the jeep commander doesn't want to move it seems to stumble and wants to lock up instead of moving
it also has a light that tells me to service 4 wheel drive
My car has 179000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first step is going to be getting the vehicle scanned for diagnostic codes. With the warning light on, there are going to be codes set from the computer detecting issues. If this is something simple like a bad sensor, this would be one easy way to find it. Without that information to help us, we must look into the 4 wheel drive and see if there is anything obviously wrong with it. This would include damage to the wheels, steering linkage, brakes, a disconnected sensor, or a dirty sensor. You may also want to look into the systems that feed into the traction control such as the brake switch. Only further testing will tell. For more help, you can contact our service department to come give an inspection.
How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?
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If the light briefly flickers on and off while driving in rough weather, it means your car`s traction control system is working correctly to keep you stable on the road. However, if the light remains on, it can indicate a traction control system malfunction. shop.
If the light blinks on and off intermittently, it can mean that the system is “hard coded” or beginning to deteriorate. This issue can be caused by faulty wheel-speed sensors — which alert your car`s computer to a potential loss of traction — or there could be a problem with the traction-control system`s computer.
Press the gas pedal 3 times in quick succession. Then, turn your engine on all the way and let it run for a minute. The TCS and ABS lights should reset and go away if there isn`t any underlying problem with your traction control system.
This is usually caused by a failing throttle body. The throttle motor or sensor fails and will cause this to occur.
Traction Control Is Turned Off
So, if your vehicle`s traction control light is on, it may be as simple as making sure your traction control is not turned off. Commonly located near the steering wheel on the instrument plane, you will be able to turn it back on via a simple switch.
In some cases, the warning light may come on because wheel-speed sensors are covered with road grime or debris. When the traction control warning light stays on, that means you aren`t getting any help from the system to control traction and the system needs to be checked.
Is it Safe to Drive with the TCS Light On? It is only safe to drive with the TCS light on if it appears when you are losing traction: it means the system is engaging. Driving without traction control can make your vehicle susceptible to spinning out and sliding around on the road.
If the traction control light won`t turn off, there can be some reasons. One reason could be that the fuse for the traction control system has blown. Or it could be that there is a problem with the traction control sensors causing the light to stay on.
In some vehicles it is located under the hood and/or is a part of the ABS control module. Other vehicles may have the traction control module located in the interior or trunk areas.
Wheel, Tyre or Brake Faults
If your car wobbles, vibrates or shakes while you`re moving, there`s a good chance there`s a problem with the wheels or tyres. Wheel and tyre issues account for the majority of death wobbles out on the road, so regular maintenance and upkeep are essential.
It`s almost always located as close to the very center of the car as possible. If you were sitting in the driver`s seat, the yaw control sensor would be under your right elbow, somewhere between you and the passenger.
Hello – mostly likely, a malfunctioning wheel speed sensor or other ABS sensor is causing these symptoms. ABS, traction control and auto-engaging 4WD are integrated systems, and share sensors. A malfunction in one system can bleed over to the other systems.
Resetting Your Slip Indicator Light
Technically, your slip indicator light should reset itself, as should the system, once you shut off and restart the engine and/or you`re back on stable ground. In some vehicles, on the main console dashboard, a button labeled TRAC exists.
The traction control system turns on each time you switch the ignition on. The button for the stability and traction control system is on the instrument panel. Press and release the button to switch traction control off.
Traction control can be fitted to a front-, rear- or all-wheel drive vehicle and the principle is the same no matter which wheels are driven.
Problems with sensors responding
Another common sensor problem is between the electrical connections from the sensor to the computer. If the connection is disrupted, it leaves the traction control system vulnerable to error. And that impacts the drivability of your car.
You should leave your traction control at all times so that you can benefit from this important safety feature. However, in very rare circumstances, you may need to turn the traction control off temporarily.
The magnetic operation on the traction control sensors or Anti-lock Braking sensors can be interrupted by dirt or other buildups. Another common sensor problem is with the electrical connections between the sensors and the vehicle`s computer.
If you are driving without traction control and hazardous weather occurs, your vehicle can spin out and veer off the road. If you know the road you are driving is slippery, make sure your traction control is turned on to help preserve your car`s stability in adverse conditions.
However, when it comes to wheel speed sensors, a minor-seeming glitch may turn into a major safety risk. That is why in general, it is unsafe to drive a vehicle with a broken wheel speed sensor.
Occasionally, these sensors can fail or become faulty working intermittently sending inaccurate signals to the ECU. In your case it may be possible that the transmission is receiving a faulty signal from the ABS system.
Potential causes of a vehicle shaking at idle include a loose gas cap, loose battery cables, a worn throttle sensor, a damaged engine mount, or bad spark plugs. Perform a general inspection of your engine bay to look for damage. If you can`t repair the problem yourself, take the vehicle to a mechanic.
Motor mounts keep your engine attached to the car. Weak or broken mounts can`t hold the engine tight in the engine compartment and creates a vibration at idle. If the shaking subsides when the car is in Neutral, this could indicate the motor mounts are responsible for the vibrations.