Traction Control light and stuck on park (searched forums but still need some advice)
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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Traction Control light and stuck on park (searched forums but still need some advice) in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Hello everyone! Yesterday my Traction Control light came on. Ignoring it, I took a 5 minute drive and parked my ...
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    Traction Control light and stuck on park (searched forums but still need some advice)

    Hello everyone!

    Yesterday my Traction Control light came on. Ignoring it, I took a 5 minute drive and parked my car. From then, I couldn't get it out of park. The shift stick was stuck. I turned the car off, and quickly shift it to drive or reverse and that works and seems to be the way how I still travel.

    If I turn the car on, and wait a few seconds, it will remain stuck. Basically I have to quickly change gears after turning the car on.

    So after reading through some old posts on the forums, a few suggestions were to change out the brake lights. Then I found someone mentioning a bad battery could have caused this.

    "I had same problem a week ago, replaced two ecm units, turns out the battery was putting out too many amps. Check battery, make sure you have correct one, replace ecm, if your battery fried it."
    So I remembered a few weeks back while on the road, I made a right turn and my car just went dead with the battery light on. Panicking, I turned the car off and back on, and it drove fine, even to today.

    I know to some of you it's an obviously answer, but I'm trying to narrow down the problem. Do you guys think my battery is bad and it's causing the TC problem? The reason I ask is, since it's an old car I just assume a problem is just a random problem (not a bright answer).

    Thanks for the read and I do appreciate any advice on this.

    Summary:
    -Traction Control light on
    -Stuck on park
    -Battery light came on couple weeks back, but only once
    -New ECM changed months ago
    -Disconnecting battery doesn't work

    ***Also, not sure if this is related, but lately I have to step on the gas for the car to start after refilling the tank. I was thinking fuel filter? or related problem?***

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    Re: Traction Control light and stuck on park (searched forums but still need some adv

    while i was fiddling about trying to find the reverse sense wire for my pioneer head unit I unplugged a harness below the shifter and after that was unplugged you couldnt shift it from park or nothing, my best guess would be its something related to that circuit, I know you have to press the brake to get out of park so I would think some form of faulty switch/relay, check all fuses and relays, always a good start.

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    Re: Traction Control light and stuck on park (searched forums but still need some adv

    I'll try my best of my ability. I'm not good at fixing cars and that's a big disadvantage of mine.

    Ill check the fuse. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: Traction Control light and stuck on park (searched forums but still need some adv

    I just decided to have someone get in the driver seat while I looked at the tail lights, and no matter what gear, braking or not, my brake lights (tail lights) were always on (both top and bottom bulb). Is this a result of a bad bulb? My only functioning light was the middle brake light above the license plate.

    UPADATE

    It's the bulb. Changed it and works fine now.

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