I was hoping there might be some tech out there that can help me with
this problem. I have a 1995 Buick Riviera that has been
nickle-and-diming me to death. I just replaced the Supercharger today
(took about 5 hours) and I'm ready to tackle the traction control
The "traction off" light sometimes would turn on ever since I bought
the car a couple years ago without any ill effects, but now the system
seems to be kicking when I take off from a stop for no apparent
reason. At first I thought the transmission was going out because it
kinda reminded me of the way a car takes off when a tranny slips,
however, I noticed that there was a strange sound that occured at the
same time. I suspected the traction control system was braking the
front wheels when I was taking off. When I disable the traction
control system (using the button on the dash) the problem goes away.
So now that I've confirmed that the TCS is engaging when I take off, I
need to figure out why. It doesn't last any longer than a second, so
it's correcting itself somewhere. My guesses first turn to the rear
wheel sensors. If the system senses the front wheels spinning but not
the back, it would think that the front wheels had lost traction and
slow down the front. But then why does it stop after such a short
time? Why does it only happen 50% of the time?
Any wisdom on this topic would be greatly appreciated. I'm tired of
throwing money at this car.