Traction control engages on dry non slippery surface.

Asked by Oct 23, 2016 at 08:41 PM about the 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette 4 Dr GLS Passenger Van Extended

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When taking off from a stop, with the wheel turned
(for sure, can't remember if it has ever happened
with the wheel straight) the traction control will
engage 9 out of 10 times. Let off the accelerator
and then back on and it goes away. Also, (unsure if
these two problems are related) when traveling at
around 55-65+ mph you can feel a vibration that
gets worse as you turn the wheel, such as getting
off on a highway exit ramp and bending around d
with the ramp. Or as the vehicle moves faster and
the vehicle starts to naturally glide up and down
with the suspension the vibration picks up as the
vehicle gets lower.

3 Answers


Check the wiring going from the main body of the car to the front wheels. You may have a bad connection there or a broken/damaged ABS sensor wire. The ABS and traction control systems work together. HTH. -Jim

That makes sense for the traction control acting up. But what about the vibration?


Sounds like you have a wheel bea ring going out .causing the vibration amd causing the traction control to inadvertently kick in. That would relate to all of you concerns . As it heats up while driving it's dragging a bit giving the TCS faulty information have it checked before it gets worse .good luck

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Silhouette in your area?

CarGurus has 117 nationwide Silhouette listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Oldsmobile Silhouette Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Venture
352 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chrysler Town & Country
166 Great Deals out of 13,765 listings starting at $1,195
Used Pontiac Montana
230 listings starting at $1,595
Used Chevrolet Impala
503 Great Deals out of 32,101 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Odyssey
378 Great Deals out of 31,713 listings starting at $1,890
Used Buick Rendezvous
5 Great Deals out of 845 listings starting at $1,500

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.