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Hi all, at my wits end trying to figure this out. I'm sure its something simple, at least I hope!

2013 Cruze LS 1.8, Auto, 75K.

For about the last month, occasionally after starting, my Service Stabilitrak, Service Power Steering, and Service Traction Control lights all come on, warnings come on the screen in that order. This is happening since its been cold. A few times when this has happened, I haven't been able to get it out of park. The selector moves, but the transmission does nothing. When it does go into gear, it "clunks" into gear, and the car is in low power mode. If I drive or idle for 5 minutes or so, I can turn the car off, wait 30 seconds, and turn it back on and all the warning lights will be off, and I can drive the car as normal. (Check engine light stays on). This can happen a few days in a row, or 4-5 days in between, and only happens either overnight or after work- when the car has been sitting for a while. NEVER happens when running errands with multiple starts.

I checked all over, and found that it might be the negative battery cable, which there was a recall for, so I replaced the cable with a new AC Delco cable. The explanation was there was not enough voltage (Bad Ground) going to the computer when starting, which caused the error codes. Once the battery got charged for from a few minutes of driving, there was enough voltage at start to not cause the error. I thought that fixed the issue, but it started happening again about 4 days later.

I don't think it is the battery itself- Before starting, on a cold morning, my multimeter it giving me 12.25-12.5 volts, and the battery is only about 6 months old.

I ran the code, and am getting U0101, $07E8, "lost communication with TCM", which when I researched, looks like I'm getting pointed back in the direction I started from- Not enough voltage causing a glitch in communication when starting.

My Alternator is good, cable and ground is good. Anybody have this same issue? I've found a few threads with similar issues, but nothing quite like this, with all three service codes + loss of power.
 

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Oh my! It's like I'm looking in the proverbial mirror! I have the EXACT same issue albeit not as often as you. The same TCM code thing and messages etc.

I've replaced my negative cable once, then again today with a homemade one.

In the past, I've replaced the positive cable assembly. I've cleaned all the grounds I can find. I've pulled my PCM and cleaned the contacts and put dielectric grease on them.

This morning was the latest issue for me, at work. I got all the messages you did, but I shut my car off, then tried to start it. I turned the key and no response from the starter. I was a bit p.o.'ed and made my cable, installed it, and it started right up like normal.

We're in the same boat bud! I really hope we can solve this lol :D
 

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Close, but not quite the same. My error messages go in order, then the last one ( Service Traction Control) stays on. And my needles don't jump. I have 75K on it now and I did my transmission fluid at 70,000. (I flush a little over 4 qts every 10k) and the problem just started at about 74K, so Im assuming its not fluid level related.
 

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lets hope! it happened one time to me when I had about 35K on it, but I just considered that some sort of fluke. Now it doesnt seem like it is going away.
 

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So, It happened to me again. This time was worse then the others. Got off work, 3 AM. It very cold, colder than any night in the last few weeks of having this issue. (40 degrees on my display) I start the car- Starts fine. Battery sounds good, volts are good on display (13v+) All three warning lights come- Service traction control, service power steering, service stabilitrak, along with the check engine light. Car is running and sounds fine. I try to shift into gear, and the shifter moves, but does not actually go into any gears.

On other cold mornings, with the service lights coming on, the same thing has happened, or I have been able to get it into limp mode so the car will at least move. After either driving the car to the nearest gas station ( a few miles) or letting the car run for a few minutes (5 minutes or so) , I have been able to turn the car off, let it sit for 30 seconds, turn it back on, and it runs fine- all service lights will be off.

On this particularly cold night, this "trick" of letting the car warm up for a few minutes didnt work. After about 30 minutes of the car being on and trying to restart it to get the problem to go away, I decided I needed a tow home. Turned it off, called the tow company. No answer. I decided to try the car one more time before calling another tow company. Low low and behold, car went into gear, everything is fine, and I got it home. I guess it didnt like being threatened with a tow!

Continuing, I woke up in the morning- 9 AM- 5 hours after I got it home. Still pretty cold out, 50 degrees or so, to get the car down to the mechanic for a professional diagnostic. The shop is about a mile away. Start the car, put it in gear, and everything is fine. Drive about 1/2 way there, and the car goes into limp mode. get it to the mechanic, and describe all my issues.

Update to today, and called the mechanic for an update. He is still trying to diagnose the problem, but its not looking good. The CEL code is U0101, lost communication with TCM. He says he checked the obvious things - Battery, Etc. Battery good. (Less than 1 year old) Recalled negative cable good ( I just replaced it ). He says he has checked for service bulletins or recalls that may pertain to this issue. When he hooks up his scanner, he can communicate with the TCM and all signs say its good. He can communicate with the ECM, and all signs say its good, and when he looks at the ECM, he says it shows that communication between the ECM and TCM is normal as it should be. Basically, ECM and TCM are communicating fine, but ECM is sending the code that they are not communicating fine, and throwing the service codes and putting the car into limp mode by either not letting me go into gear at all, or limiting power.

So at this point, he says he is going to look at a few more things, but the next step would be reprogramming the computer and "Hope" that works. Not exactly promising. Doesn't seem to me that software would be affected by the cold weather, but who knows. It seems to me it might be more of a hardware issue with the ECM or TCM, meaning that the cold weather makes a connector or chip in the computers shrink just enough to lose contact, and that when warmed slightly, contact is made again, letting the car run fine.

Not sure what to do here- I don't want to just throw spaghetti at the wall and see if it sticks. Flash or replace the ECM (mechanic seems knowledgeable) or take it to the dealer? (Which I try to avoid!)
 

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So, It happened to me again. I don't want to just throw spaghetti at the wall and see if it sticks. Flash or replace the ECM (mechanic seems knowledgeable) or take it to the dealer? (Which I try to avoid!)
You still might have some Powertrain coverage left on the warranty? I'd visit the Dealer!
 

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Wow, this is so familiar.
2012 with 171,000 miles. Just installed a new battery 2 months ago. Then about 3 weeks ago the abs and traction lights start coming intermittently. I jump on here to find it is usually the negative battery cable. Knowing I'm past warranty, I buy a Delco cable and install it. I also clean the connection at the core support and add dielectric grease. Now tonight the lights are back along with the service power steering warning.
This is really starting to stink.........
 

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Alright so tonight I had this exact **** show up on my 2013 cruze.....-Stabilitrak/Service Power Steering/Service Traction control... so I YouTube it and the dude said it was the key fob. The key fob I was using is 7 years old so I took my other key fob that is brand new and started the car. The lights completely went away. This **** sounds far fetched but it worked for mine. Worth a shot.whats the worst that could happen?..
 

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Hi all, at my wits end trying to figure this out. I'm sure its something simple, at least I hope!

2013 Cruze LS 1.8, Auto, 75K.

For about the last month, occasionally after starting, my Service Stabilitrak, Service Power Steering, and Service Traction Control lights all come on, warnings come on the screen in that order. This is happening since its been cold. A few times when this has happened, I haven't been able to get it out of park. The selector moves, but the transmission does nothing. When it does go into gear, it "clunks" into gear, and the car is in low power mode. If I drive or idle for 5 minutes or so, I can turn the car off, wait 30 seconds, and turn it back on and all the warning lights will be off, and I can drive the car as normal. (Check engine light stays on). This can happen a few days in a row, or 4-5 days in between, and only happens either overnight or after work- when the car has been sitting for a while. NEVER happens when running errands with multiple starts.

I checked all over, and found that it might be the negative battery cable, which there was a recall for, so I replaced the cable with a new AC Delco cable. The explanation was there was not enough voltage (Bad Ground) going to the computer when starting, which caused the error codes. Once the battery got charged for from a few minutes of driving, there was enough voltage at start to not cause the error. I thought that fixed the issue, but it started happening again about 4 days later.

I don't think it is the battery itself- Before starting, on a cold morning, my multimeter it giving me 12.25-12.5 volts, and the battery is only about 6 months old.

I ran the code, and am getting U0101, $07E8, "lost communication with TCM", which when I researched, looks like I'm getting pointed back in the direction I started from- Not enough voltage causing a glitch in communication when starting.

My Alternator is good, cable and ground is good. Anybody have this same issue? I've found a few threads with similar issues, but nothing quite like this, with all three service codes + loss of power.
Has anyone found an answer to this one? My car works fine for
Hi all, at my wits end trying to figure this out. I'm sure its something simple, at least I hope!

2013 Cruze LS 1.8, Auto, 75K.

For about the last month, occasionally after starting, my Service Stabilitrak, Service Power Steering, and Service Traction Control lights all come on, warnings come on the screen in that order. This is happening since its been cold. A few times when this has happened, I haven't been able to get it out of park. The selector moves, but the transmission does nothing. When it does go into gear, it "clunks" into gear, and the car is in low power mode. If I drive or idle for 5 minutes or so, I can turn the car off, wait 30 seconds, and turn it back on and all the warning lights will be off, and I can drive the car as normal. (Check engine light stays on). This can happen a few days in a row, or 4-5 days in between, and only happens either overnight or after work- when the car has been sitting for a while. NEVER happens when running errands with multiple starts.

I checked all over, and found that it might be the negative battery cable, which there was a recall for, so I replaced the cable with a new AC Delco cable. The explanation was there was not enough voltage (Bad Ground) going to the computer when starting, which caused the error codes. Once the battery got charged for from a few minutes of driving, there was enough voltage at start to not cause the error. I thought that fixed the issue, but it started happening again about 4 days later.

I don't think it is the battery itself- Before starting, on a cold morning, my multimeter it giving me 12.25-12.5 volts, and the battery is only about 6 months old.

I ran the code, and am getting U0101, $07E8, "lost communication with TCM", which when I researched, looks like I'm getting pointed back in the direction I started from- Not enough voltage causing a glitch in communication when starting.

My Alternator is good, cable and ground is good. Anybody have this same issue? I've found a few threads with similar issues, but nothing quite like this, with all three service codes + loss of power.
Soooo...nobody has found the answer for this one yet? God this car is a piece of ****! Does this crap about twice a year...then all of a sudden it will start and all is fine. This morning went to the gym...get done working out, try to start car...nothing, just all of the service messages...stabilitrak, power steering, traction control....wont even try to start. Battery is good.
 

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Alright so tonight I had this exact ** show up on my 2013 cruze.....-Stabilitrak/Service Power Steering/Service Traction control... so I YouTube it and the dude said it was the key fob. The key fob I was using is 7 years old so I took my other key fob that is brand new and started the car. The lights completely went away. This ** sounds far fetched but it worked for mine. Worth a shot.whats the worst that could happen?..
Hello, Could you please confirm if the issue has not come back while using the new key fob? I have the exact same problem. Trying to find a solution and avoid going to the mechanic and paying more money than necessary. Honesty is scarce within that profession. Specially when the customer is a woman. Thanks
 

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I made 2 new key fobs because there was a code that I needed it I guess because it was broken but the isue didn’t go away im guessing it’s the battery or cables because it seems to hard start due to a bad battery
 
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