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The engine and traction control lights are on, and there is

a "service traction" message on...
The engine and traction control lights are on, and there is a "service traction" message on my 2011 Malibu.
JA: Do you have the trouble code? Do you have a code reader or scan tool?
Customer: No, I don't
JA: Not a problem. You can work with the Chevy Mechanic to figure that out. Are you fixing your Malibu yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: It just happened a little while ago. I haven't tried anything yet. Not quite sure where to start. Could it be something as simple as needing to replace a fuse?
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: After the lights and message came on, the car starting driving a little rough. Some shaking.
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If the engine is running a little bit rough, then you likely have a misfire. This isn't going to be a fuse issue, but more like an ignition coil or plug type of issue. The traction control light is a side affect of the check engine light coming on.

You can drive the car, but I would not drive it a lot with the misfire. It can damage the catalytic converter and become an expensive problem. Most of the time this is the issue if the engine is shaking.

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