StabiliTrak is a function in a vehicle that helps stabilize the vehicle, especially during emergency movements. This function helps associate the steering input with the response of the vehicle. However, if necessary, StabiliTrak helps make small, single brake and engine torques to improve the control and help the driver stay on track while driving. Also, StabiliTrak involuntarily interferes when the vehicle senses that the driver has lost lateral traction.
- Helps control the vehicle during low traction conditions such as snow, ice, uneven or wet roads
- Helps control the vehicle in quick emergency lane changes
- Helps avoid collisions.
- Involuntarily helps if the system recognizes the vehicle is not responding the way it should. In this case, the StabiliTrak will apply pressure to the breaks in a pulsing manner, or help reduce the engine power.
Service StabiliTrak – If this message appears, there could be an issue with the StabiliTrak system. Drivers should then reset the system. To do this, bring the vehicle to a complete stop. Turn the engine off for 15 seconds. Next, start the engine again. If the message still appears, the driver should take the vehicle to the dealership for service. If the light goes off, the vehicle is considered safe to drive. When this message is on, this means that the StabiliTrak benefits are not working, so it may be unsafe to drive in extreme measures.
Service Traction Control – This message appears when there is an issue with the Traction Control System (TCS). When this error is seen, the system will not set a boundary on the wheel spin. So, drivers will need to alter their speed as they see fit. To turn this light off, or to have the vehicle repaired, the driver will need to bring the vehicle to the dealership for service.
StabiliTrak Initializing – This message can appear if the StabiliTrak is not completely prepared. This could be because of the road conditions or the vehicle does not have the correct size of tires. When the system has been fully primed, the message should go off. If the message does not go off, even after turning the vehicle off then back on multiple times as well as driving on different road conditions, the driver will need to see a dealership.