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Old 05-23-2009, 18:51   #1 (permalink)
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AdvanceTrac light on

Hi, I just got a 2008 focus about a month ago, and the AdvanceTrac light came on today. It won't turn off, even after restarting the car.

The owner's manual says that if the light remains on, I should get the system serviced immediately.

What is this, and, how critical is this that I get it serviced immediately?
Not knowing much about cars, I'm scared to drive it. Can I drive it for a few more days before getting it serviced?
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: AdvanceTrac light on

I think on that car there is a disable button near the shifter . Maybe you have pushed it by accident ? If so push and hold button for a second or so to reactivate , then light should go out . Not 100% sure , but worth a look .
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:06   #3 (permalink)
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Re: AdvanceTrac light on

You're fine to drive it with the light on. Generally, the autotrac will disable itself if the computer finds a faulty ABS sensor, or something similar. It's a good system when it works, but it's more of a 'nanny', to babysit the driver in case they can't drive properly or decide to do something stupid - then the autotrac will step in and get the vehicle back on course by apportioning braking power to a given wheel to maintain stability.

I have a similar system on my '06 Pontiac. It can be disabled, but is a great system to have for a novice driver in winter conditions. Otherwise, I think it's more of an annoyance.

If the light does really bother you, be sure to take it in for service. If you feel you don't need ABS, or traction control then don't worry. If you're out of warranty, there will be a dealer diagnostic fee along with any associated parts and labour. As it's an '08, you should have one year of warranty coverage left, unless it has over 36,000miles.
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