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Speed sensor and traction control powers down engine

Speed sensor and traction control powers down engine

Q. I have a 2009 Lexus ES 350, purchased new in May 2009, now with 35,000 miles. I have been trying to resolve a problem believed to be associated with the traction control system. I have been dealing with this problem since 2010.

Occasionally when I make a left turn, just after starting my turn, there is a 100-percent loss of engine power. This is on dry pavement without any slipping of the tires occurring. I am 65 and don't do jack rabbit starts. The only time I had the traction actually kick in was our last big snowstorm. I started to accelerate, the tires spun, and the engine lost all power for 2 or 3 seconds. This was exactly what occurs on dry pavement.

It doesn't occur when I go straight from a stop or on right turns. My car has been into Lexus four times and they found nothing because I can't reproduce the 3-second hesitation on demand. The last visit they had the area engineer and, like the other visits, they found nothing unusual, saying the tra

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