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    Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    Hi.

    Odd one, hope someone can help!

    Tonight my traction control light suddenly started to flash continuously whenever I drove over about 30mph. Couple with that an almost total loss of power in third gear. Oh, and the car seemed get hot very quickly.

    Other than that the car has been driven well recently. There's nothing in the handbook that explains a traction control light flashing continuously, only that it will flash when the wheels spin. Well they haven't been spinning at all so I am at a loss as to why it has suddenly started!

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

    Andy

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    Re: Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    Could be a faulty sensor?
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    Re: Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    How does it drive if you turn the TC off?

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    Re: Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    It drives fine with or without traction control off? That's the odd thing.

    The problem I am most concerned about is the lack of power in third gear.

    Someone has suggested a stuck wastegate (i suppose thinking that the turbo kicks in around third gear)

    Does that sound likely?

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    Re: Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    Isn't that contradictory? It drives normally, or it doesn't?
    How old is yours?
    The engine is probably 'backing off' because, as far as it is concerned, you do have wheelspin. Time for a code read!

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    Re: Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    Hiya,

    I suppose what I meant was that the wheels aren't spinning at all when the light is flashing. It just flashes continually.

    The car drives normally up until third gear at which point it just flattens out.

    With your foot flat to the floor it there is no acceleration.

    I'll get it onto a dignostic machine and see if that shows anything.

    Cheers

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    Re: Traction Control Light Flashes Continuously

    Is your ABS light also coming on? I've had no real experience of the DSC system but I would assume it uses the sensors in the front hubs to detect a noticable difference in speed between the two front wheels. I can only assume these sensors also operate the abs. You would start by checking the connection to these units (from memory they sit on the hub near where the assembly attaches to the strut). The cable may have become detached or could be chaffed. I'm sure someone on here will know more. Your power loss has to be connected to this fault. You should be able to drive normally once you switch it off. When you say the car got hot, didn't the engine temp go up or did you get a hot smell? I think the brakes are also used as part of the system to lock the spining wheel to transfer the power to the side with grip (at least this is my understanding). If this is true the brake on the problem side could be getting hot. Again I'm not an expert, but someone else may confirm this.
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