Light in Car: Is TCS Working Properly?

A good way to determine whether or not TCS is working properly is to go to a dealership or dealer that sells cars.

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The reason that TCS light is so important in the vehicle comes from how it helps to keep the car from sliding. PHOTO via @Shutterstock

Is TCS light working properly?

When you first start your automobile, you may notice that all warning lights from the instrument panel illuminate as a part of that pre-ignition process, just to turn on once the vehicle has already been idling for some time; one of those lights pertains to your car’s traction control (TCS) system if your car is so equipped. 

Most cars that come with the TCS have an autopilot feature, meaning that when the system is activated, the vehicle will drive itself to a safe place, such as a shoulder or parking spot before the system engages. 

There are, however, cars that do not have this auto-pilot feature; what is TCS in a car then?

This is an important question and TCS is very simple, the traction control unit (TCS) is the heart of your car’s TCS system. The traction control unit works with the light in a car to allow it to detect obstacles and guide the car onto its intended course, or safe spot.

In layman’s terms, the control unit allows the car to negotiate the uneven and loose terrain that it drives through. The TCS button itself is a push button and can be found either in the steering wheel area, on the dashboard, or in the centre console on some vehicles. 

Some cars have two buttons, some have three, and others still have the centre console button along with a TCS button; the number of buttons that are present on your vehicle depends on what model and make of car you own.

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The reason that TCS is so important in the vehicle comes from how it helps to keep the car from sliding. When the driver is involved in a slip, they should immediately attempt to correct the car, and they should do it quickly. 

However, the traction control system does not work in the event of a panic move. If you try to correct the car while you’re driving, it might end up in disaster, as it will most likely keep the car from moving forward. 

This is because the car might be stuck between two opposing objects, and if the driver attempts to take their foot off the brake, the momentum of the car will try to pull the object into the passenger seat or on the ground, resulting in serious bodily injury.

If you have read about TCS before, then you probably know that there are a few different types of traction control units. However, the most common type of traction control device is the one that is installed behind the driver’s seat. 

These are generally referred to as foot controls, and they work in a fairly simplistic manner. 

By pressing a button on the centre console, you can activate the traction control unit which pushes back on the drive wheels, preventing the wheels from slipping.

Unfortunately, when you disable the traction control unit, it also disables the warning light that is installed on the dashboard. This means that if you happen to be driving and the warning light comes on, you will not be able to stop the car in time. 

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This is why it is important to keep both of these items working, and working correctly. By doing this, it is very unlikely that you will cause an accident due to either one. 

However, if either of them malfunctions, it is still possible to steer the vehicle into an unsafe situation, and this is why it is vital that you understand what to do in this case.

There are some things that you can try in order to determine whether or not TCS is working properly. For one thing, try reversing the car, as reversing it will help you determine whether or not the lights are working properly. 

If you cannot reverse the car, then you will need to open and shut the same directions again and do so very quickly. 

If the light does work properly, then you will know that TCS is working properly, but it is also possible that you have some other issue that needs to be addressed immediately.

A good way to determine whether or not TCS is working properly is to go to a dealership or dealer that sells cars. Many car dealerships will be able to check the TCS and will be able to tell you whether or not the light is currently functioning properly.

Furthermore, most of these dealerships will have someone available to assist you on a regular basis, either a mechanic or customer service representative. You should speak with your mechanic before going to a dealership and ask for their opinions on whether or not the TCS lights should be checked on a regular basis.

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It is essential that you learn as much as you possibly can about the car’s TCS, as it will ensure that you know what to do in the event of a malfunctioning TCS.

If you are interested in purchasing a used car, it is a good idea to inquire about whether or not the car’s TCS has been upgraded since the vehicle was purchased.

It is very easy to find the TCS light when you are in a good working condition. If you have any doubts, it is important to consult a professional repair specialist, who will be able to check the light for you and advise you on its proper working condition.

There is no reason to pay for the TCS light to continue to malfunction when you could easily have the repair specialist to diagnose the problem and fix it. 

Should the light continue to malfunction after consulting a professional, you may have a serious problem that requires the services of a professional on-site.

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