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Q: why is my car's check engine light on, and the traction off light is flashing. on 2001 Lexus IS300

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When this happens, the car doesnt respond to the accelerator at all. I disconnect the battery cables for a few seconds, and it runs fine....only to start doing the same thing again a few minutes later. It just started about 2 weeks ago, and its getting worse. I can just be driving down the road and all of a sudden the car stops accelerating and thats when the check engine light comes on and the traffic lights begins to flash.
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You have a malfunction in your traction control system that is associated with the power train computer, thus the check engine AND flashing traction lights. Push the traction button to disable it ( lower left hand side of dash, should be in your owners manual under traction in back ) and get your car to a repair shop ASAP. When you push the traction button, you have NO MORE traction control safety.
I am having the same issue with my 2001 IS300.

Were you able to find out what the cause of the check engine and traction lights coming on? If so how did you get the lights from coming back on???

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