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Old 03-17-2004, 07:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Weirdest thing...my traction control light comes on (triangle with the circular arrow in the middle) and my car suddenly stalls. It doesn't die, since the TControl system is activated, just goes really slow. The thing is, the road isn't wet at all. Any ideas?
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if traction control kicks in usally means it detected wheel slip on wet or dry ie sand sometimes if you go over a bump fast it will think there is slip detected
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Well, that's the thing. The road is completely dry. It's when I'm at a stop/red light and when I accelerate to go, the DSC (Dynamic Stabalizing Control_Traction Control) light comes on and my car goes really slow. What I eventually have to do, is pull over, turn off the engine, wait a few seconds, and restart the car. It usually works, but the light has remained on before, even after I restarted the engine. I've got a 2000 323i, bought used, but in pretty good condition.
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When setting off from red lights or wherever there is a crosswalk, the very fact that your tires might be on the actual white or yellow crosswalk paint and quick set-off acceleration can make the DSC detect a slip, but this should not cripple your car and make you pull over and restart the car.

I am sure you have tried disabling DSC by clicking it and holding it down. This fully disables DSC and DTC also I believe. But does the same thing happen when you have it disabled also?!

If yes, then I would contact a mechanic or dealship. even if the answer is NO, I would still contact a mechanic or dealship to check and see if the DSC feature is on the blink(out of order).
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its either a wheel speed sensor or a control module. You'll have to get the dealer to check the faults. That will tell them right away.
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Hey, thanks everyone. I think that's what it is...me accelerating on a white strip at a stop sign/light. Nonetheless, I still need to pull over, turn off the engine and restart my car. Even when the DSC is deactivated, it still occurs...sucks...I hate bringing my car into the dealer...Thanks again! -Jaemz
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also check your tires. If you recently had a tire replaced you might have gotten the wrong size. It will cause exactly what your talking about.
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