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"Service Advancetrac"

I recently had this message pop up on my cluster and it has not gone away. I was coming to a stop and going to turn, about mid turn this message popped up. The traction control light and the advanced trac control light is on as in they are both off. I don't know what could of caused it and it does not go off when the car is turned off then back on. I have tried turning traction control on and off, holding the button while pressing the brake pedal for 8 seconds and turning the car off then back on. I haven't tried unhooking the battery yet. If anyone knows what this could possibly be, I would like to know.

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It could be a bad ABS wheel sensor.

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A wheel speed sensor is certainly possible, but a bad wheel speed sensor would also likely also trip the ABS light. About a year ago I was driving on a rural road and I must have hit a rock or a stick or some piece of debris. In any case the Advance Track and the ABS lights came on. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the battery, but it didn't clear the warnings. The car drove fine. The next day I took it to my local Ford dealer where I have a good relationship. One of their techs is a young guy with a love of performance [ he put a supercharger on his dad's 3 valve ] He put the code reader on for free and came up with a bad wheel speed sensor. After ordering one I went home to see just what was involved in changing it. There isn't much to it, but I discovered that the sensor wasn't the actual problem. The real problem was that whatever I had hit the day before had ripped the wires on either side of a quick disconnect connector inside the wheel well. This is a pretty well protected area so it's a bit surprising that road debris would hit anything here, but that had to be what happened. I cancelled the order for the wheel speed sensor and ordered the pigtail lead [ $10.00 ] instead. My friendly parts man had the other half of the connector in his old parts box and gave it to me free. I had to pull the wires through the trunk in order to have enough room to solder the old connector to the main wire loom. After that it was a simple job to reconnect everything. No more warning lights. Hope you problem is just as easy. Good luck and let us know what you find.
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I get the "service advancetrack" message every now and then, it's been happening for years, haven't figured it out yet.

At first it only happened on the road track; seemed to be triggered by extremely hard cornering, even though I had the system turned full off at the time. I took it to the dealer and they had no clue what was going on. Lately it has done it a few times on the road; first this was when I hit some bumps in a corner and the car jumped a little; more recently it happened when I was just taking a normal corner.

On some of the road track oriented forums this is a known issue when running these cars on track; it can be cured with a race ABS module but that will trigger a light on the dash also.

I also read that it can be caused by the sensor wire coming into contact with the exhaust, melting the insulation, and causing a short. Maybe the wire moves a little on hard cornering and makes contact; that might explain it. I need to get under there and follow the wire to see if this might be happening, but haven't done it yet. That is the first thing I would suggest that you do.

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Thanks everyone for the replies. I do not have a abs light, I have the traction control lights on and service advancetrac message. I inspected all my fuses and all the wheel speed sensors, and wires. All of them seem fine. I unhooked the battery and reconnected after 20 minutes and it didn't help either. Hopefully I can find what the issue is and if not, I'll have to take it to the dealer.

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A little update.

I read the code with my sct tuner and it said it didn't have any codes. So, I decided to clear the codes anyway and it seemed to fix my issue. I don't know if it was just a temporary fix or an actual fix. Hopefully it is an actual fix.

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