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Old 01-26-2013, 09:58 PM
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Traction control light coming on

I have a 2013 Wrangler unlimited Rubicon 6sp on 3 separate occasions my traction control light came on and the jeep felt like it was rear differential was locking. Anyone else have a similar experience? I can't replicate it either. It was just at random times.
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It sensed loss of traction. Mine does it on the ice if I give to much throttle
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Not lifted and I was on dry pavement not going fast at all(no way i could have lost traction). It just felt like it was locked in the rear. It was only for a few seconds each time and then would let go.
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I have a 2013 Wrangler unlimited Rubicon 6sp on 3 separate occasions my traction control light came on and the jeep felt like it was rear differential was locking. Anyone else have a similar experience? I can't replicate it either. It was just at random times.
My 2012 did this stock from time to time. Usually it was over very bumpy areas, in patches of sand, or small wet sections of road. Sometimes the light would stay on for some time after.

Just thought I'd let you know it might be normal to a certain extent.
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The light coming on didnt really bother me to much. What the real issue is, is the way the rear felt like it locked up. I guess I could have hit a bump and it thought it lost traction and locked up?
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It could also be a bad wheel sensor, which happened on my 2010. Since yours is a 2013 and, I assume, still under warranty, take it in and let the dealer sort it out.
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The light coming on didnt really bother me to much. What the real issue is, is the way the rear felt like it locked up. I guess I could have hit a bump and it thought it lost traction and locked up?
This could be it. Did it occur either on the same or similar section of road? Monitor it and if continues with no real explanation bring it in. Keep in mind that the dealer will have to be able to "replicate" it which could turn into a headache itself.
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Not lifted and I was on dry pavement not going fast at all(no way i could have lost traction). It just felt like it was locked in the rear. It was only for a few seconds each time and then would let go.
there goes my theory of steering wheel needing to be centered.
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Mine was coming on so I replaced all 4 sensors and it did not fix it. I got it aligned and it did. It was only off a tad but apparently enough. Is your steering wheel perfefectly centered?
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Also were you on a section of road with a lot of pitch, i think that would be the correct term, i.e. a road that empties into a large storm gully in the middle? The locking you feel is most likely the vehicle thinking it is in a slide and sending power and brakes where needed to try and right itself. Mine always does it on a section of road like that.
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Very Similar Problem Very Dangerous

I'm going through the same issue with my 2013 Rubicon.
From time to time the traction control goes berserk and it feel like all of the power is transferred to the passenger side wheels resulting in the Jeep pulling hard to the left. It's almost cause 2 collisions.

As usual the dealership is like tits on a bull.

I'm starting the lemon law fight with them now.
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I have a 2013 Sport Unlimited and mine has done the same thing at random times under very normal driving conditions. I may go 2 weeks without it happening then it will happen 2 or 3 times in a very short time span. In addition now when it does it all the other warning lights on my dash light up.

Taking it to the dealer to get looked at week after next when I go out of town.
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I have a 2012 and mine did that shortly after I purchased it. The dealership checked it out and found two bad sensors (can't remember which ones). They replaced them and I haven't had any issues since.
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Bad Sensors

It would be a big help if you could tell me which ones.

Supposedly Chrysler engineers are putting it through tests going on a week now with no luck. I love the jeep but live in a city with lots of pedestrians. I do not want to run anyone over if this thing acts up again.
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there goes my theory of steering wheel needing to be centered.
Not really. Hitting a pothole or loose bolts can cause the steering to uncenter if something bent or moved.

OP, is your steering wheel centered?
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I have a 2013 Wrangler unlimited Rubicon 6sp on 3 separate occasions my traction control light came on and the jeep felt like it was rear differential was locking. Anyone else have a similar experience? I can't replicate it either. It was just at random times.
I've experenced that before when driving in 2Hi on muddy / sandy roads.
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I was coming home yesterday from the fishing/camping up in the high Sierras...suddenly the chime sounded...I was like WTF...?! Then about 10 miles (paved mountain road in Yosemite) it did it again...No lights on dashboard or nothing....I kep driving another 5 miles or so when it happened again. This time the traction control, brake and air bag lights flashed and only traction control stayed lit. In about 15 miles I stopped turned engine off and started again...drove home remaining 76 miles without a troubles...
I did not experienced any changes in driving or handling while the lights and chime did their thing...it was very weird... and my GF freaked out that we loose brakes or engine will die while on the mountain roads...

I have 2013 Sport lifted. Never had any issues before...If it does it again I will take it to dealer and have them check it out.
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I'm having these same issues on flat concrete in Louisiana, in my 2011 Sahara. It's only when it starts, for the first two minutes or so, but when i pull onto the street it bogs down and slows to a crawl. ABS light comes on too. Naturally dealership has no open apptments until July.
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Traction Control Light Won't Go Out

The Traction Control Light came on and has stayed on. I went through the owner's manual and did a number of restarts as suggested and drove over 30MPH for an extended period and still no joy. Apparently, the error won't allow the cruise control to function. Anybody have similar issues or any suggestions?

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The Traction Control Light came on and has stayed on. I went through the owner's manual and did a number of restarts as suggested and drove over 30MPH for an extended period and still no joy. Apparently, the error won't allow the cruise control to function. Anybody have similar issues or any suggestions? 2014 Wrangler Unlimited Exclusive Kevlar liner finish in Bentley Dark Sapphire Body-matched Kevlar on hardtop, fenders Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares AEV Heat Reduction Hood LIFTED Grille 4" Pro-Comp Performance Accessories brand lift kit; New Coils, Shocks and accessories (2) 3/4” Suspension Bushings Upgraded front steering stabilizer shock 17" Fuel Off Road Wheels 35" Nitto Trail Grappler Tires Smittybilt XRC Atlas Front Bumper Smittybilt XRC 10,000 Lb. Winch w/ Handheld Remote & 94' Kevlar Nylon Winch Rope w/ Protective Sleeve and Hook Smittybilt SRC Side Armor Bars & Steps
Nice Jeep.

I had the same issue and it was a steering wheel not centered issue. Read about it on this forum while coming home from Colorado, guess I stressed it just enough that the ECM thought I was in a slide. The only thing I noticed was the light came on and cruise would not work. Drove 4 hours with no cruise....long 4 hours. I loosened the turnbuckle on the drag link and turned it until the steering wheel was straight, problem cured. If your wheel is straight use your Procal, or whatever tuner you have to notify the ECM that the wheel is straight.

Hope this helps.
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Traction light comes on when I idol

Every time I come to a light or stop sign, pull into stop my traction light comes comes on feels like I am slipping. What would cause this when you idol. It was doing it randomly when I drive, but now it's almost always at a idol.
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The rear wheel speed sensors are much more likely to go. You could start by unplugging them and cleaning the connectors with an electrical connector spray. everything is sealed inside the hub so it should be the connector is dirty or shot. They are cheap at autozone. I replaced 3 over the 90k I had my jk. One was my fault though
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2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited automatic, lifted I also have intermittent Traction control problem--Jeep currently has 20,000 miles. Intermittently the jeep loses power and all the dashboard lights come on, as though i have re-started the jeep...power loss lasts only 1-2 seconds...happens on highways mostly--at speeds usually over 35mph. Now the Electronic Stability Control ight is stuck on on---(squiggly line and car symbol) I have run OBDii a couple of times and it does not come up with any codes--i have read about other jeep models having this problem..anyone have information or ideas? thanks
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2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited 4x Automatic lifted...My jeep is losing power intermittently--and traction control--electronic stability control (yellow light, symbol of car and squiggly lines) comes on...This is intermittent, occurs mostly on highway but also at slower speeds, power loss continues usually for only 1-2 seconds...now, many other dash lights sometimes come on--including BATT light, as though i have just put the key in the 'on' position...and NOW the traction control symbol is stuck in the ON position...will not respond to manually turning it off. I ran obdii checks a couple of times--and get no codes--I have read of other jeep models having this issue--anyone else have it with Unlimited? any ideas or advise please share--thanks
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mine does it from time to time as well. only on this one railroad crossing though so far. but not every time. maybe only when im going over a certain speed since it is pretty bumpy and unlevel
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Guys, have you tried tightening the + terminal on the battery? That did it for me.
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I've had this symptom show up on both of my JKs. Top 3 things to check:

1) Battery terminals are tight (especially if you have hooked up other mods, winch, off road lights etc.)
2) Steering wheel is centered. If your jeep thinks you are in a slide because your wheel is not centered TC will kick on
3) Bad wheel speed sensor or sensor loose. If you've done any work on axles or brakes you may have accidentally pulled a connection. Check'em
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Just last week mine came on. I called the dealer and he asked if I lost traction on any one wheel. I told him that I was going around a turn and accelerated, and the right rear wheel spun a little. He said just drive it awhile and the light should go off. He was right. about ten miles later, the traction control light went off and has not come back on.
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This just happened to me this morning will in reverse pulling into a parking spot - turned off engine - turned back on and the light is still there. When I get home from work today I'll give the steering wheel a slight adjustment - update with procal and see if that fixes it. Thanks for all the ideas everyone - I'll update with my progress later.

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