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How to clean the ABS sensor on HHR

The ABS light comes on all the time. Is it dirty? How can I clean it?

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Have you checked your brake fluid? If your brake fluid is low, you will need new brakes, or if you have a leak, you will need to inspect for it. As far as the sensors go, if your brakes and fluid check out, you usually need to get someone to read the code with a scanner. I believe they do it for free at Advance auto. Good luck.

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the abs sensors are behind the rotors,on the front where are you going to get "magnetic shavings"(thats bollox)maybe your right foot was heavy the last time they came on??
If the abs light comes on and stays on,worry.not before.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010

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Locate the ABS wheel sensor. Remove the bolts that attach it to the rest of the suspension. You may also need to remove a few bolts to pull the sensor away from the vehicle for cleaning. Follow the line to see if there are more bolts. Remember not to force it or pull too hard. Then along the line theres another two 10mm bolts, that need to be removed, just follow the abs sensor line to get at them.

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