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On our way home from vacation we went through three heavy thunderstorms, after the first one we got a Check Stabilitrak/Traction Control and then a message that they need service. They cleared, didn't see them again the rest of the way home. My wife told me today she got it again. Didn't notice anything unusual about the cars handling etc. I am not disappointed though, I had already prepared myself for these little issues, eg leaking wire harnesses etc., on such a new vehicle it is something I expected.We got a free oil change when we bought it and it's about time for it's first, so we will have them take a look at this, I'll report the findings.
 

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This happened a couple of months ago with out Montana. We brought it to the dealer, and they said it was a faulty sensor in the steering wheel. Bring it to your dealer when you can, as it should till be covered by warranty.
 

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Had the same problem with my Rendezvous Ultra - happened in rain, turned out a crack in the sensor housing got damp - it took two times before they found it, first time they diagnosed sensor in the steering wheel, second time they found the crack in the nylon cover over the sensor
 

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I'm trying to figure out why there is a sensor in the steering wheel, or is it in the steering system somewhere in the front end? I'm pretty sure the rain is the cause, I figured an improperly sealed harness connection or housing was the culprit. Growing pains of an all new design.
 

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The way Stablitrak works is by a series of accelerometers, wheel speed sensors, a yaw sensor, and a steering wheel angle sensor inside the steering column. The Stabilitrak computer continuously analyzes the data the sensors feed to it, and it calculates the cars' actual path and the path you want the car to take. If they don't match, then the computer will use ABS to brake the appropriate wheel to steer the car in the intended path.

Hope this helps!
 

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Looks like I asked the right guy. That description sounds like you might have taken part in the design of the system. :thumb: Thanks for clearing it up for me, we're going to have it looked at Wednesday.
 

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Not bad for a kiddo, Jon! :thumb: And to think I just drive my cars...you know how they work! I have always said "I don't want to know how my car/computer/over/microwave works - I just want to TO work!"
 
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it reads the road anyware between 32-42 times per second.

my fathers old cadi (what were trading) does the same thing. only its 10 years old.

you start the car, it give you abs and service stabilty sys and air bag issue, theft issue car may not restart. you get rid if it by putting it in 1 turning off the car and then start it again, clears and all is well agian, wierd, but funny. if it senses a threat, it wont let you use the ac, radio, power seats, and anything else electronic, and locks it until you restart, i guess if someone took the radio in the state it would never work because it locked up.
 

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I thought you were from somewhere out in left field! ;)
 

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Mama2Girls said:
I thought you were from somewhere out in left field! ;)
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i click and it wont work, thats all i got,

here is what johns site gave me

SORRY! You can't play the CTV Broadband Channel videos in your country.
 

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Oops my bad! I should have known you have to be Canadian to view it eh? :banghead:
 

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I have had my Enclave for three weeks now and the stablitrak message has come on three times and I am bringing it in for the third time tomorrow. Any suggestions for my Buick mechanic to look for? They can see in the history that the message has been recorded but they don't seem to know how to fix it! :help:
 

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I have had my Enclave for three weeks now and the stablitrak message has come on three times and I am bringing it in for the third time tomorrow. Any suggestions for my Buick mechanic to look for? They can see in the history that the message has been recorded but they don't seem to know how to fix it! :help:
No suggestions, but if it isn't fixed after I think 4(?) visits to the shop, you should lemon it.
 

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To our "official" Buick members on this forum:

I knew I read about this problem before, did a search and found this thread (the right one) to post into. My friend has an Enclave CX that he's had for a few weeks. For the 3rd time today, his Stabilitrack error light went on -- but this time, he was at the dealer picking up one of his other cars from service (he drove there w/his wife).

The previous 2 times, he shut the engine and restarted, the light went away. Given that this was now the 3rd time it happened, he left the Enclave with the dealer (they are also going to flash his transmission -- they brought this up immediately in the system and said it was a recall). So, do any of you know what's up with this Stabilitrack service error light that keeps popping on? Is it a bad sensor or something else? Since we just picked our CXL up this past week, I'd like to know before it happens to us.

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This has only happened to us one time. We were sitting in park and suddenly the chk engine light on the left (that indicates something is wrong) came on and the traction control system disabled light came on as well in the DIC telling us it needed svc. Called Onstar after reaching our destination (we were on a long trip) and it said it was already in the history file and it was a wheel speed sensor that had been not reading properly, which of course then automatically also shut down the traction control since it needs wheel speed info to operate properly. Obviously it "corrected itself" and the issue and lights went away - the trac control system warning disappeared very quickly but the chk engine light waited another day (I guess it keeps the history for a little while to remind you that you had a problem at one point, then finally clears it out over time if it is just a historical issue not active)....

The light went off and it never happened again and when I took Enclave in for different issue (replacing power seat motor) they checked it over and saw no issues with the sensors. We'll see if it ever comes back....
 

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As a simple check I would make sure that the air pressure in all tires is uniform amongst the 4 tires and at the proper spec. Use a regular tire gauge in addition to the on-board sensor.
 
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