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Old 06-23-2019, 11:40 AM
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traction warning light?

I was out doing a poker run in the Tillamook state forest yesterday, and my traction light started coming on intermittently on the gravel roads between trails. I thought it was just something being aired down as far as I was yesterday. Aired up and started home at the end of the day, and it was doing the same thing. The steering felt very soft turning to the right and a strange vibration when applying the brakes. I couldn't see anything visibly wrong under the jeep, so I kept driving. A bit later I hear a beep and the traction light comes on and doesn't turn off. Stopped for gas a bit later and looked again. I found that the track bar bolt under the steering dampener had backed out most of the way. That would explain the sluggish steering, but I'm still at a loss to explain the traction warning light. Should I just put the bolt back in and clear the codes? This is not a stock jeep.
2018 JK with a 4" lift and 37s.

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Old 06-23-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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If your axle comes out of center under the vehicle the traction light comes on. Happens to a lot of people with slightly off center axles around turns at speed. If you re-tighten the bolt and measure to make sure the axle is centered again it should turn itself off eventually or you can clear it manually with a reader/programmer.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:07 PM   #3
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Is your steering wheel straight when you're going straight. If not, exactly what you describe will happen. This happened to me after a day of hard wheeling Saturday. One way or another, my steering wheel was off to the left when going straight after I aired up and got on the road at about 10 oclock. Adjusting the drag link fixed it.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:16 AM
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Steering wheel is still straight. The bolt was fine, but I lost the nut and washer. I have a new one now and will install it tonight. Hopefully, I'll just clear the code and all will be well.
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