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Chevrolet Sonic Owner's Manual: System Operation

The vehicle has a Traction Control System (TCS) and StabiliTrak®, an electronic stability control system. These systems help limit wheel slip and assist the driver in maintaining control, especially on slippery road conditions.

TCS activates if it senses that any of the drive wheels are spinning or beginning to lose traction. When this happens, TCS applies the brakes to the spinning wheels and reduces engine power to limit wheel spin.

StabiliTrak activates when the vehicle senses a difference between the intended path and the direction the vehicle is actually traveling. StabiliTrak selectively applies braking pressure to any one of the vehicle wheel brakes to assist the driver in keeping the vehicle on the intended path.

If cruise control is being used and traction control or StabiliTrak begins to limit wheel spin, cruise control will disengage. Cruise control may be turned back on when road conditions allow.

Both systems come on automatically when the vehicle is started and begins to move. The systems may be heard or felt while they are operating or while performing diagnostic checks. This is normal and does not mean there is a problem with the vehicle.

It is recommended to leave both systems on for normal driving conditions, but it may be necessary to turn TCS off if the vehicle gets stuck in sand, mud, ice, or snow. See If the Vehicle Is Stuck  and “Turning the Systems Off and On” later in this section.

The indicator light for both systems is in the instrument cluster. This light


The indicator light for both systems is in the instrument cluster. This light will:

If either system fails to turn on or to activate, a message displays in the Driver Information Center (DIC), and on and stays on to indicate that the system is inactive and is not assisting the comes
on and stays on to indicate that the system is inactive and is not assisting the driver in maintaining control. The vehicle is safe to drive, but driving should be adjusted accordingly.

If 1. Stop the vehicle. comes on and stays on:


1. Stop the vehicle.

2. Turn the engine off and wait 15 seconds.

3. Start the engine.

Drive the vehicle. If stays on, the vehicle may need more time to diagnose the problem. If the condition comes on and
stays on, the vehicle may need more time to diagnose the problem. If the condition persists, see your dealer.

Ride Control Systems
Traction Control/Electronic Stability Control ...

Turning the Systems Off and On
The button for TCS and StabiliTrak is on the center console. Caution Do not repeatedly brake or accelerate heavily when TCS is off. The vehicle driveline could be damaged. To turn off only TCS, ...

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Remote Vehicle Speed Limiting Description and Operation
Certain vehicles equipped with OnStar® now have an additional feature that allows for remote limiting of the vehicle's speed. This OnStar® feature is called Stolen Vehicle Slow-Down and is now part of the OnStar® Stolen Vehicle Assistance service. This feature, when used in conjunction ...

Repairs and Inspections Required After a Collision
Warning: Restraint systems can be damaged in a collision. To help avoid injury and ensure that all parts in need of replacement are replaced: Replace any seat belt system that was in use during the collision serious enough to deploy any automatic restraint device such as air bags ...

Starter Replacement (LUW)
Removal Procedure Disconnect the negative battery cable. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle. Remove the drivetrain and front suspension frame skid plate. Refer to Drivet ...

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