I have a '07 Saturn Aura with 211K miles on it. I was driving on the highw
ay earlier today with the cruise set on 70. Without warning the cruise dis
engaged, I heard a few "bongs," and my DIC was displaying ENG PWR REDUCED a
nd SERVICE TRACTION (not sure if that's exact, but, it mentioned the tracti
on). I noticed immediately that I only had about half of my usual accelera
tion. I pulled over, turned off the car, and waited a few seconds before r
estarting the engine. The same DIC messages appeared when I started the ca
r again. I drove it the remaining 25 miles to work. When I got to work I
shut it off and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I then started it back up
and the messages didn't reappear.
I realize there are a great many things that can cause this condition. Wha
t's the best case scenario? What's the worst case scenario?