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We have an 06 buick ranier and are having trouble with the

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We have an 06 buick ranier and are having trouble with the stabilitrak light coming on. We lose power and the check engine light comes on with it. sometimes we can pull over, turn it off and it resets. It had not done it for two months and now 4 times in two days. Dealership on vacation was very nice & checked everything out but could find nothing. does it hurt to continue driving it if the power increases? What is causing it?

Hello,I will be glad to try and assist you with this,Welcome to Just Answer.


This can be an intermittent fault within the control unit.There is a bulletin out on tis concern that says to have the computer reprogrammed to correct this fault.A dealer will have to do this if they have not already.The charge for this is usually about an hour.

You can continue to drive the vehicle like this with no harm being done but when you get a chance I would have the computer reprogrammed to see if it corrects this failure,most likely it will.Here is the bulletin info on this concern.


If you need anything else let me know,Thanks Pete!


Bulletin No.: 08-05-25-005

Date: October 01, 2008


Intermittent StabiliTrak(R) Indicator Light Blinking, StabiliTrak(R) Active Message Displayed, DTC C0196 Set (Reprogram Electronic Brake Control

Module (EBCM))


2006-2007 Buick Rainier

2006-2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Models

2006-2009 GMC Envoy Models

2006-2009 Saab 97X

2006-2009 Isuzu Ascender Models

This bulletin provides information on two different conditions.

Condition # XXXXX

Some customers may comment on a Service StabiliTrak(R) indicator light along with a Service StabiliTrak(R) message displayed in the DIC.

Upon investigation, the technician may find DTC C0196 set in history.

Condition # XXXXX

Some customers may comment on a blinking StabiliTrak(R) indicator light along with a StabiliTrak Active message displayed in the DIC during

normal driving conditions. No DTCs will be found with this concern.


This condition may be caused by a software anomaly within the electronic brake control module (EBCM) that allowed the yaw offset to be falsely




From the controller list, select "VSES Vehicle Stability Enhancement System Control Module".

If routine diagnosis using SI does not reveal any obvious cause, reprogram the EBCM using SPS with the latest software available on TIS2WEB.

Refer to the Service Programming System (SPS) procedures in SI. As always, make sure your Tech 2(R) is updated with the latest software


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