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'98 Pontiac Grand Am ETS


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09-13-02, 06:44 AM   #1  
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'98 Pontiac Grand Am ETS

Looking to buy this one.

It has an "idiot light" in the lower left corner of the instrument cluster that says "ETS off". What is it & what does it mean?

Best regards, Dick

 
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09-13-02, 09:12 AM   #2  
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It might be a suspension option (Electronically tuned suspension).

Again, any dealer that supplies a vehicle with a missing owner's manual or will not/does not know what they are selling or can explain it is not one to do business with...no matter how great the price is.

 
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09-13-02, 09:22 AM   #3  
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Thanks Joe,

Found that it is a tuned suspension feature (similar to ABS brakes) that turns on or off by a button on the gear shift lever.

Best regards, Dick

 
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09-13-02, 09:29 AM   #4  
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ETS

= Enhanced Traction System, (low rent version of traction control)

Uses ABS wheel speed sensors to detect wheelspin at front wheels at launch and throughout all road speeds.

When wheelspin is detected, computer forces transmission to immediately shift to higher gear (if available), retard timing and cut back on fuel supply. Allows you to launch straight 'n' true on an icy or snow covered surface. Car will feel as if it's dragging an anchor.

On the 98 model the feature is disabled via shifter mounted switch. Good to disable when you are actually stuck and need to spin and rock.

 
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09-13-02, 04:28 PM   #5  
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Thanks Otter for the "good stuff" on ETS. It's appreciated.

Best regards, Dick

 
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09-13-02, 05:59 PM   #6  
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no probs

good luck with the purchase.

If you're buying the vehicle from a GM dealer, look at GMPP ext. warranty. Well worth it.

 
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