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Clicking noise in dash when brakes are applied

1999 lumina with abs.
when I apply the brakes, I hear a clicking noise in dash above the drivers knees.

The brakes still seem to work fine.

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  • dmontanari Jan 03, 2009

    Same problem---my sound appears around 20 mph, it's rapid-fire clicks similar to the sound the side flippers made on the old pinball machines

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BigBlue77
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SOURCE: 98 Chevy Lumina has front

I may be a wheel bearing. Try shifting the weight of the car on the front tires by turning the wheelslightly while driving about 30 MPH. Don't turn enough to change lanes, just enough to put the load on the outside bearing. It may quiet down in one direction. The failed bearing is generally the side that you turned to in order to make the noise go away. Say the noise goes away when you steer to the right, the failed bearing is usually the right one.

You can also check for play by jacking up the car and shaking the tire. There should be no play.

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

tripletauto
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SOURCE: Clicking noise when brake is applied

sounds like what is happening is one of your wheel speed sensors is dropping out when you slow down and this is triggering abs unit. it would not cut abs light on because system thinks one wheel is locking up just like when you are on ice. need to read data while driving and see what is going on when it activates.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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SOURCE: the ABS symbol lights up on dash?

yes you need to have the abs system checked out...i had a suburban that did that and ended up losing my brakes.so yes be concerned.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

GM Elec
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SOURCE: ABS light comes on

Per your description, I would suspect you have a faulty wheel speed sensor. Take you vehicle to your local Auto Zone or Advanced Auto and have the codes pulled for free. Write them down and let me know what they are and we can go from there.
Good luck.
Regards,

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 Dodge Caravan brake light on on dash board, hear clicking no

sounds like the indicators on brake pads are exposed telling you to change the brakes.

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Dash board parking brake and ABS lights stay

you have an abs fault. have your abs system scanned for codes.

your base brakes will continue to function normally

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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