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1999 Plymouth grand voyager ABS

I wanted to know if it is safe to temporarily disconnect the ABS system on my car. I need to make a trip home and can't afford the 600$ to fix them now. Are the ABS really for bad weather or all around driving. I am desperate. thanks

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  • talia418 Jan 12, 2009

    I am trying to do as much reading about this now before I make my final decision. Every place I read it seems everyone who has issues has the brake going to the floor. Mine is the opposite the break pedal gets stiff and I can smell a burning when I get out. I am going to read on and see what I can find. Thanks for all the help.

    Just curious what is this about disconnecting the battery so the computer resets. Could this be a simple solution?

  • talia418 Jan 13, 2009

    John,

    Think I posted this twice. Here goes. Someone(another mechanic)told me to just pull the ABS main fuse from the fuse box. He said this will disable the ABS. I thought it was much more then this. Any thought? My break doesn't sink to the floor just the opposite it gets stiff and then it gets a little difficult to excel. I also smell a burning smell from the front right tire. I recently had the brake lines changed and that mechanic told me the ABS was automatically engaging itself when it wasn't needed. Going on for no reason.

    I looked into renting a car for my trip but just can't afford it. Hubby's company just went bankrupt he won't have a job much longer. I just want to make the trip and come home. Any thoughts? I couldn't find a site to tell me how to disable the ABS. I would give it a go myself.

    Talia

  • talia418 Jan 13, 2009

    So pulling the fuse alone won't do it? It is night now I will give a look tomorrow. Hard to believe I am a mechanics daughter and don't know anything about this. My dad felt a girl shouldn't be under the hood and he is 8 hours away from me now!

    Thanks for the info. I wish I could find a specific site online that shows me where this all is in my car. I want to toss this car into the OCEAN!!

  • talia418 Jan 13, 2009

    Does pulling the fuse help? is it a solution? or does it not matter. If it is as easy as that I would be very happy.

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You can have the ABS disabled although it is not advisable. Keep in mind on icy , wet, slippery roads without ABS you could lock the wheels causing a slide. Be careful on your trip if you decide to do this.

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    John Weathers Jan 12, 2009

    Disconnecting the battery won't clear any codes. Back before OBDII that was the way to clear the memory. Not anymore though. Did you have the ABS scanned for codes. What were they?
    Did someone tell you it was an ABS problem and not a brake vacuum booster problem. 


    If you really have to step down on the pedal to get the car to stop you could have a booster problem or bad relays in the ABS hyd. unit. (Unit with all the brake lines going to it under the hood.)
    Keep me posted on what you paln to do.
    John

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    John Weathers Jan 13, 2009

    If you can find the ABS unit under the hood just pull the black off (1 torx screw holds it in place) and remove all the relays you see.( Small black or silver boxes) that should shut the system down. 

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    John Weathers Jan 13, 2009

    A7/3 is the ABS hydraulic unit. This picture is kinda generic.

  • John Weathers
    John Weathers Jan 13, 2009

    There is a site but it cost around 30.00. But you get all the repair info for your vehicle. Component locations, wiring diagrams, test procedures etc... Its www.alldatadiy.com 

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    John Weathers Jan 13, 2009

    Try pulling the fuse and see if it makes a difference in how the brakes feel.

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