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Old 03-01-2007, 06:48 PM #1
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"Trac off" and "check engine" light on in sunfire, whats the problem?

So earlier i was driving and just the "trac off" light was on, i thought i may have bumped the button and somehow disengaged the system, but when i press the buttom to turn the system back on the "trac off" light stayed on. Anyways after a while it went off, just a computer goof up i assumed.


Anyways i turn on my car tonight and both the trac off light, and check engine light turn on. The check engine light isnt flashing so i dont the car is about to die or anything, but still i am kindve scared to go anywhere.


Has anyone ever had any problems like this, or know what is wrong?
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:51 PM #2
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Do you also have an ABS light?? Is it on??


If you go to autozone, they can read your check engine codes for free. Get the codes numbers and then find a sunfire board and make a thread about the numbers you get. They should help you out (unless they are all immature)
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:51 PM #3
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I cant remember why, but make sure your gas cap is tighten down. Some cars require some type of pressure for it to work, needing the gas cap to click and seal. It turns the check engine light on on certain cars. Not all cars do this.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:52 PM #4
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I don't know if the two in conjunction mean one thing or you have two faults but there's probably something wrong with the trac system (duh). is either red? I don't know that they blink but there's orange and red for most faults
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:52 PM #5
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Take the car to a local autozone or Advance auto parts, or similar store, and ask them to run your check engine codes. See what code is on first off.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:56 PM #6
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The traction control system usually shuts off if there is an issue with the ABS system. Usually if a wheel sensor shorts due to corrosion, both the ABS and TRAC lights will come on indicating the systems are shut off.

That's why i asked if the ABS light was on as well. If it's not, does it come on when you turn the key to on but do not start it? If it doesn't, then the ABS light is on.

The check engine light is unrelated to ABS in most cars, so if they came on together, there may be another issue.

RUn the check engine codes. It's free at autozone provided to find someone who knows what they are doing
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:07 PM #7
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ABS light is not on, yeah i called my dad and he said to make sure the gas cap was tight (which it was). Anyways keep the ideas coming guys thanks for the help so far.
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Old 03-01-2007, 07:12 PM #8
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you might have a charging problem...or a vacum leak... i had to fix my cousins sunfire with a charge problem, ha hes 22 and i am 15 and he doesnt know how to work on a car
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ABS light is not on, yeah i called my dad and he said to make sure the gas cap was tight (which it was). Anyways keep the ideas coming guys thanks for the help so far.
We can't take guesses on the hundreds of possible CEL codes that could be on, take it to get the codes checked and come back.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:33 PM #10
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Yup, go get the codes read. That's your next step.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:59 PM #11
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We can't take guesses on the hundreds of possible CEL codes that could be on, take it to get the codes checked and come back.

Well i know, but i was just wondering if someone on here had a same/similar problem.
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Old 03-02-2007, 10:42 AM #12
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i think ur transmisssion is about done.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:09 PM #13
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i think ur transmisssion is about done.
No way, it's not slipping or anything, it feels fine, just the lights are on.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:34 PM #14
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i have the same car its just a pos the 2 lights will come on and shut off whenever they want to
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i have the same car its just a pos the 2 lights will come on and shut off whenever they want to

Most of the time lights than come and go are O2 sensors
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Old 03-02-2007, 09:18 PM #17
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what happens in mine is that the ets light comes on all the time and when that happens the check engine light is also on it goes away but my car got 162k all cuz of paintball lol
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Stop talking to us, and go get your codes checked?!
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