Have a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. When applying the brakes on a wet road they sound sort of like a coffee grinder then will lock up. Have a full brake pedal. The ABS light does not come on nor does it set any type of codes on a scanner. Any suggestions?
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the sound that you hear are the abs working sadly its normal but it mean it works properly. when the abs light is on it mean that your abs is not functioning that's why you don't hear the clunking sound
The light indicates that there is a fault in your Anti-Lock Brake System. Your primary braking system will still work, but you have likely lost the the extra protection of the ABS which prevents, or at least greatly reduces, the chance of entering a dangerous skid when brakes are applied on wet, icy, or otherwise slippery pavement. The ABS system should only be worked on by a qualified mechanic, and for your own safety you should have the vehicle's OBD computer scanned and necessary repairs taken care of as soon as possible.
ABS won't make it grabby. Abs just pulses the brakes when a wheel stops turning during braking. Was there anything replaced recently in the brake system. If so was it done right? Please give some more details of what is happening. Squaling isn't unusual with brakes especially if they are wet. make sure it is not the wear indicators which can be on the back brake pad. I have seen one wear more than the other so make sure you can see both. Remove the tire and caliper if you can to properly inspect. If rotors were recently replaced were they conditioned before putting into service.
computer does that, or you have to have enough brake fluid preasure also, check for leaking lines (brake lines). make sure fluid is full.abs system has dump valves , if there was a problem abs light would be on. but abs might lite if not enough preasure hope this helps.
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.