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haha woke up to a surprise today, one big dumping of snow. While trying to get my car out, got some interesting messages!

ENGINE POWER REDUCED - 41: This message

informs you that the vehicle is reducing engine power

because the transaxle is being placed in gear under

conditions that may cause damage to the vehicle’s

engine, transaxle or ability to accelerate.

TRACTION SUSPENDED - 56: This message

displays when the traction control system has been

temporarily shut off because your vehicle’s brakes have

overheated. This message does not indicate a problem

with your vehicle’s traction control system. After a few

minutes, the traction control system will be available

again and the TRACTION READY message will appear.

That is actually my driveway if you couldn't tell from the snow! the car is parked on a cement slab that will have a garage built on it eventually. Interesting codes, hope trying to get the car out wasn't too hard on the transmission or anything.

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Was that after a lot of traction control and/or rocking back and forth? If so, it sounds like the brakes overheated temporarily. If you got those messages simply as the car was warming up and you were clearing snow off the windshield, then I don't know. :(

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Were you rocking the car? That is the reason you push the button in the glove compartment to disable the traction control, so you can rock the car in mud and snow... otherwise the traction control drops cylinders to decrease engine power and tries to stop wheel spin by applying the brakes and you burn up your brakes.

This is from page 199 of your 1999 OWNERS MANUAL:

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It sounds like the PCM won't let you shoot yourself in the foot, and will scold you primly with messages until you quit whatever you are doing wrong.

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How does that go? When all else fails READ THE MANUAL! :lol: This is from page 78 in your OWNERS MANUAL:

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Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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That works great in theory, go try it.... when you press the gas with the traction button off, it feels powerless! I just thought it was some interesting messages. hopefully one's ill never see again..

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When the TC is off you start in second gear to protect the transaxle, leaving the TC on will cause the TC to drop cylinders to reduce engine power and over heat the brakes using the ABS to stop wheel spin while you are spinning the wheels wildly in the snow... if you want warped rotors keep looking at the interesting messages

Pre-1995 - DTC codes OBD1  >>

1996 and newer - DTC codes OBD2 >> https://www.obd-codes.com/trouble_codes/gm/obd_codes.htm

How to check for codes Caddyinfo How To Technical Archive >> http://www.caddyinfo.com/wordpress/cadillac-how-to-faq/

Cadillac History & Specifications Year by Year  http://www.motorera.com/cadillac/index.htm

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haha woke up to a surprise today, one big dumping of snow. While trying to get my car out, got some interesting messages!

ENGINE POWER REDUCED - 41: This message

informs you that the vehicle is reducing engine power

because the transaxle is being placed in gear under

conditions that may cause damage to the vehicle’s

engine, transaxle or ability to accelerate.

TRACTION SUSPENDED - 56: This message

displays when the traction control system has been

temporarily shut off because your vehicle’s brakes have

overheated. This message does not indicate a problem

with your vehicle’s traction control system. After a few

minutes, the traction control system will be available

again and the TRACTION READY message will appear.

That is actually my driveway if you couldn't tell from the snow! the car is parked on a cement slab that will have a garage built on it eventually. Interesting codes, hope trying to get the car out wasn't too hard on the transmission or anything.

First, you have to remember that it's a performance car with little ground clearance and not a truck. That's a decent amount of snow I see in your picture. Did you shovel the car out before testing to see if the traction control worked? Doesn't sound like it. I run with 4 snow tires but that doesn't mean I can just plow through deep snow. Driving in and through deep snow takes finesse. Hopefully your traction control kept you from breaking anything in a moment of bad decisions. I'm betting it has.

After rereading the whole thread it seems BBF gave you some good information regarding the TC. I guess you'll know how to rock the car, without the TC, when you really need it. Was the car actually stuck on your level driveway? Or did you just not feel like shoveling?

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I had snow blow'd upto 2 inches in from of the car, regarless I couldnt control what blew under neath it, and it still had to rock it a bit. "Was the car actually stuck on your level driveway?" it was parked on a perfectly level CEMENT slab that was put down before the winter that will have garage on it next spring.

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Don't know where you live, but here in the snow belt of Ohio it is not unusual to accumalate 12-18" in a night. My car drives right thru it and pushes snow with the bumper at the same time, when I pull out of my driveway I can see where the bottom of the car dragged, and the snow is a few inches above that. I think you are trying to get a running start and jumping on the gas way too hard and causing the tires to spin. Just drive as there was no snow and see how your car goes thru it.

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Watch those snow banks...

Years ago..I recall. Some robbers made a visit to a bank.

The front plate left a perfect imprint in the snow bank of the plate number. Easy catch.

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I'm working at a dirt road construction site at the moment, caddy rocks darn well with traction control off, you get almost no where with it on as traction control takes out all wheel spin. 6 inch+ snow falls lately. Just gotta do it gradually and use the cars momentum...and when you can have the front pointed where you want to go.....

The message about reduced power pops up usually when your wheels are spinning and you rock it and the wheels are going to fast to shift from reverse to drive or drive to reverse etc w/o hurting something, since I've been rocking this sucker daily I've gotten good at knowing when they are spinning and when they are not. Trick is not spinning the wheels fast, that will dig you deeper.

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