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Nov 7, 2012, 10:42 PM

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So I own a 2009 Jeep Wrangler and got the tires rotated about a month ago. I just went on a vacation and when I was on the way home I heard a loud noise and pulled over and one of the lug nuts was halfway off. Decided to risk it and finish the drive home, I was only about six miles away. One of the wheel studs ended up snapping during that six mile stretch. So i've been driving my second car and today replaced all of the studs on that wheel. Which to replace the studs I had to take the calipher off and eventually had to use the C clamp to press it back in just like during a brake change. I even did it to the other side because what you do to one side you should do to the other. But after all was said and done I wanted to go for a drive to make sure everything was fine and now when I press on the gas my light flashes showing that I have no traction and I can feel the lack of traction. I have no idea what is causing this but I did check my tire pressure and all of my other tires are at 30ish PSI and the back left was at around 20 which is really low and I'm going to go get it filled in the morning. Just curious if anybody knows if the tire pressure is the cause or if its a deeper problem. Any help would be appreciated.

Hammer Time
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Nov 8, 2012, 4:28 AM

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The light isn't telling you that you have no traction. It's telling you that the traction control system is engaging which is a false activation, most likely due to a damage speed sensor that is sending incorrect speed data on one of those wheels.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 8, 2012, 5:50 AM

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Problems alright! I take it nut and stud broke off rattling around in a hubcap or cover? Not good. Recent tire rotation - hmmm. One tire low on pressure OK you could have picked up a nail or something anytime. Check that one for why with soapy water should be enough.

Could that alone confuse traction control? Maybe but with this lug nut situation I'm afraid lug nuts if snapped off with the nut that they were so overtightened it almost broke them when done and just waited for any stress.

Do recheck torque of all especially ones you replaced. A "C" clamp leaves an unknown to me if those set fully in. Some would say throw a hub out over this type crap.

This is "automatic" traction control I take it? Look for sensor/wire(s) damage at wheels. I tend to think if that is all confused it would probably default to plain 2WD but can't know that for sure. Owner/operator manual may discuss the operation and how it will work.

I'm not liking this news. Be careful and pay attention to anything unusual as anyone should anyway,


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