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Abs and parking brake lights come on and stay on

The ABS and Parking brake lights come on shortly after the truck is started. There are no problems with the brakes. What could be the cause of these problems? I am unable to get my truck inspected due to these warning light.

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  • roxy77_007 Jan 20, 2009

    i have a 1999 dodge ram 3500 van the abs and brake light have been on for a year the van runs great but i can't get it inspected what could be the problem?

  • winsuperx2 Feb 22, 2009

    I have the same problem, except my lights aren't on all the time.  When they do come on they stay on until the truck is turned off then on again.  I have a feeling that this may be a wheel speed sensor or abs sensor problem, but i'm not sure.  I do know that my abs quits working when these lights turn off.  

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There is probably a problem with you anti lock brake system. Have it checked at your local dealership. Brakes are a problem that should never be let go.

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