'01 Monte Carlo LS, Traction Control and Dash bulbs

Hi. I'm new to the alt.autos.gm group, but I've been around some of the other automotive groups. I just bought a 2001 Monte Carlo LS, 3.4L with 154k. Overall it is in very good condition, the only two gripes I have
found are the traction control not working and some illumination bulbs are burned out in the instrument cluster. Everytime I start the car, the battery light lights up in the message center for about 2 seconds followed by the orange TC light with the wrench and four audible tones. When you shut the car off, the TC light comes back on for about 3 seconds and then goes out. According to the manual, this indicates a problem with the traction control system, but only says that it relies partly on the braking system to work properly. As far as the brakes go, there was some work done to them when the car was inspected 2 months ago, but I cannot tell what was replaced/fixed. I have only had the car for a few days. The brakes themselves operate very well, as well as the emergency brake. What other parts are there to the traction control system? I assume there must be sensors in or around the transmission, and possibly some type of module to do the computing work. Any info or insight would be greatly appreciated.
Now as far as the instrument cluster goes, I already had the dash apart and had the cluster in my hands. I flipped it over and could see the smallish bulbs in random spots underneath the circuit board. However, although it was loose, I couldn't tell how to pull the circuit board off without disconnecting a fastener or unlocking it somehow. I guess my real question is, are these small bulbs available to buy at parts stores? They looked like they unplugged from a socket, not soldered to the board. I only need about a half dozen of them in total. A part number or link to a website that sells them would be great.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Sharky
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Can't help with the dash lights. No experience.
Here's the ABS/Traction Control section of the service manual. Perhaps it will help.
Document ID# 692516 2001 Chevrolet/Geo Monte Carlo --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ABS Description and Operation FIGURE EBCM and BPMV(c)
(1) Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) (2) Brake Pressure Modulator Valve (BPMV)
FIGURE BPMV Hydraulic Flow(c)
(1) Master Cylinder (2) Master Cylinder Reservoir (3) Pump (4) Left Front TCS Valve (5) Brake Pressure Modulator Valve (BPMV) (6) Damper (7) Right Rear Inlet Valve (8) Accumulator (9) Right Rear Brake (10) Right Rear Outlet Valve (11) Left Front Outlet Valve (12) Left Front Brake (13) Left Front Inlet Valve (14) Left Rear Inlet Valve (15) Left Rear Brake (16) Left Rear Outlet Valve (17) Right Front Brake (18) Right Front Outlet Valve (19) Accumulator (20) Right Front Inlet Valve (21) Damper (22) Right Front TCS Valve
This vehicle is equipped with the DBC7 antilock braking system.
The vehicle is equipped with the following braking systems:
Antilock Brake System (ABS) Dynamic Rear Proportioning (DRP) Traction Control System (TCS) (NW9) The following components are involved in the operation of the above systems:
Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM) - The EBCM controls the system functions and detects failures. The EBCM contains the following components: System Relay - The system relay is energized when the ignition is ON and no ABS DTCs are present. It supplies battery positive voltage to the solenoid valves and pump motor. Vent Tube - The vent tube, located in the EBCM connector, is an opening to the internal cavity of the EBCM. It allows ventilation of the EBCM internals. Brake Pressure Modulator Valve (BPMV) - The BPMV contains the hydraulic valves and pump motor that are controlled electrically by the EBCM. The BPMV uses a 4 circuit configuration with a diagonal split. The BPMV directs fluid from the reservoir of the master cylinder to the left front and right rear wheels and fluid from the other reservoir to the right front and left rear wheels. The diagonal circuits are hydraulically isolated so that a leak or malfunction in one circuit will allow continued braking ability on the other. The BPMV contains the following components: Pump Motor Inlet Valves--one per wheel Outlet Valves--one per wheel TCS Valves--one per drive wheel (NW9) Wheel Speed Sensors (WSS) - As the wheel spins, the wheel speed sensor produces an AC signal. The EBCM uses this AC signal to calculate wheel speed. The wheel speed sensors are replaceable only as part of the wheel hub and bearing assemblies. Traction Control Switch (NW9) - The TCS is manually disabled or enabled using the traction control switch. Stoplamp Switch - The EBCM uses the stoplamp switch as an indication that the brake pedal is applied. Initialization Sequence The EBCM performs 1 initialization test each ignition cycle. The initialization of the EBCM occurs when 1 set of the following conditions occur:
Both of the following conditions occur:
The EBCM detects that there is a minimum of 500 RPM from the PCM via a serial data message. The stop lamp switch is not applied. OR
Both of the following conditions occur:
The vehicle speed is greater than 16 km/h (10 mph). The stop lamp switch is applied. The initialization sequence may also be commanded with a scan tool.
The initialization sequence cycles each solenoid valve and the pump motor, as well as the necessary relays, for approximately 1.5 seconds to check component operation. The EBCM sets a DTC if any error is detected. The initialization sequence may be heard and felt while it is taking place, and is considered part of normal system operation.
The EBCM defines a drive cycle as the completion of the initialization sequence.
Antilock Brake System When wheel slip is detected during a brake application, the ABS enters antilock mode. During antilock braking, hydraulic pressure in the individual wheel circuits is controlled to prevent any wheel from slipping. A separate hydraulic line and specific solenoid valves are provided for each wheel. The ABS can decrease, hold, or increase hydraulic pressure to each wheel brake. The ABS cannot, however, increase hydraulic pressure above the amount which is transmitted by the master cylinder during braking.
During antilock braking, a series of rapid pulsations is felt in the brake pedal. These pulsations are caused by the rapid changes in position of the individual solenoid valves as the EBCM responds to wheel speed sensor inputs and attempts to prevent wheel slip. These pedal pulsations are present only during antilock braking and stop when normal braking is resumed or when the vehicle comes to a stop. A ticking or popping noise may also be heard as the solenoid valves cycle rapidly. During antilock braking on dry pavement, intermittent chirping noises may be heard as the tires approach slipping. These noises and pedal pulsations are considered normal during antilock operation.
Vehicles equipped with ABS may be stopped by applying normal force to the brake pedal. Brake pedal operation during normal braking is no different than that of previous non-ABS systems. Maintaining a constant force on the brake pedal provides the shortest stopping distance while maintaining vehicle stability.
Pressure Hold The EBCM closes the inlet valve and keeps the outlet valve closed in order to isolate the system when wheel slip occurs. This holds the pressure steady on the brake so that the hydraulic pressure does not increase or decrease.
Pressure Decrease The EBCM decreases the pressure to individual wheels during a deceleration when wheel slip occurs. The inlet valve is closed and the outlet valve is opened. The excess fluid is stored in the accumulator until the return pump can return the fluid to the master cylinder.
Pressure Increase The EBCM increases the pressure to individual wheels during a deceleration in order to reduce the speed of the wheel. The inlet valve is opened and the outlet valve is closed. The increased pressure is delivered from the master cylinder.
Traction Control System (TCS) (NW9) When drive wheel slip is noted while the brake is not applied, the EBCM will enter traction control mode.
First, the EBCM requests the PCM to reduce the amount of torque to the drive wheels via the requested torque signal circuit. The PCM reduces torque to the drive wheels by retarding spark timing and turning off fuel injectors. The PCM reports the amount torque delivered to the drive wheels via the delivered torque signal circuit.
If the engine torque reduction does not eliminate drive wheel slip, the EBCM will actively apply the drive wheel brakes. During traction control braking, hydraulic pressure in each drive wheel circuit is controlled to prevent the drive wheels from slipping. The master cylinder isolation valve closes in order to isolate the master cylinder from the rest of the hydraulic system. The prime valve then opens in order to allow the pump to accumulate brake fluid in order to build hydraulic pressure for braking. The drive wheel inlet and outlet solenoid valves then open and close in order to perform the following functions:
Pressure hold Pressure increase Pressure decrease ABS Indicator The IPC illuminates the ABS indicator when the following occurs:
The electronic brake control module (EBCM) detects a malfunction with the antilock brake system. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the EBCM requesting illumination. The IPC performs the displays test at the start of each ignition cycle. The indicator illuminates for approximately 3 seconds. The IPC detects a loss of class 2 communications with the EBCM. Traction Control System Indicator(s) SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM The IPC illuminates the SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM indicator in the message center when the electronic brake control module (EBCM) detects a malfunction in the traction control system. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the EBCM requesting illumination. The SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM indicator illuminates for 60 seconds when the condition is present. The IPC sends a class 2 message to the radio in order to activate an audible warning.
TRAC OFF The IPC illuminates the TRAC OFF indicator when the following occurs:
The electronic brake control module (EBCM) inhibits the traction control system due to a malfunction in the traction control system. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the EBCM requesting illumination. The body control module (BCM) detects that the traction control switch has been pressed (signal circuit is low). The BCM sends a class 2 message to the EBCM in order to disable traction control. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the EBCM requesting illumination. The BCM sends a class 2 message to the radio in order to activate an audible warning. TRACTION ACTIVE The IPC illuminates the TRACTION ACTIVE indicator in the message center when the electronic brake control module (EBCM) detects a traction control event. The IPC receives a class 2 message from the EBCM requesting illumination.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Document ID# 692516 2001 Chevrolet/Geo Monte Carlo

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Thanks for the info, I will do some research and see what I come up with.
Sharky
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