What Should You Do When Your Subaru Slip Indicator Light Comes On?

The slip indicator in your Subaru monitors the traction system and in particular, the slip differential system. This is the system that keeps your Subaru moving even when you encounter a slippery surface. The slip differential system works by managing how much power is sent to each wheel. This system helps you to drive safely on slippery surfaces by improving your vehicle’s ability to grip the surface.

Traction control typically kicks in automatically when sensors detect a slippery surface. In a mechanically sound vehicle, the slip light will come on when the vehicle starts but will go off a few seconds later. However, if the light comes on and stays on, it may indicate a problem with the traction system. Here are some tips about how to fix a faulty Subaru slip indicator light.

Possible Causes

Given that the traction control system in your car is linked to a number of other systems, there are a number of potential faults that can lead to a slip light warning. The traction control system itself may be faulty, or there could be a problem with the ABS system. Another potential cause of such a problem could be a faulty hill-start assist function. If your slip indicator light is on, here are some of the things that you can do to fix the problem.

Re-engage The Traction System

Sometimes software glitches cause the traction system to indicate fault. This could be caused by among other things, malfunctioning sensor lights. Sometimes simply shutting the engine off and turning it on again can help to clear such errors. If the warning light stays on, it might be time to try out something else.

Check ABS System

Due to the fact that the traction system is linked to the braking system, it is always a great idea to have the ABS system checked as well. The system consists of brake fluid, a hydraulic motor, and other components. A fault in one or several of these components can sometimes lead to the traction control system showing a fault. This should be among the first places to check, especially if the ABS warning light is also on.

Another related component is the steering rack. If this has been repaired or replaced recently, it may cause the traction control system to malfunction. It is a good idea to have it checked so as to rule out this being the cause of the slip light problem.

Have Experts Check It Out

If all the above doesn’t work, you probably need to have your traction system checked by an expert. At a well-equipped Subaru dealership, especially one with advanced diagnostic equipment, Subaru experts can quickly generate error codes that will help them understand and fix the problem.

Preventing Similar Problems

While most problems with your traction system can be fixed, it is much better to prevent these issues from coming up in the first place. One easy way to do this is by regular preventative maintenance at a reputable Subaru dealership.

This way, any problems with the traction system or any of the linked components can be detected early and taken care of. You can also monitor some aspects of the system yourself. For example, do you periodically check the brake fluid levels in your Subaru? It is important to do so, especially if any work has been done on the system (such as changing the brake pads).