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ABS Light and Breaks

My ABS light has been coming on and off for a few weeks now and just recently my breaks, only when I'm going slow, have started to make a horrible grinding sound when I slow to a stop, but once the ABS light comes on it is totally fine. Should I take it to the Dealership? I really am trying to avoid a high fee.

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Did you get this corrected? My car does the exact same thing and I'm dreading taking to the dealership because of high costs. Wondering how you corrected.

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It sounds like "False Antilock Mode" to me. Your Antilock Brake Control Module "thinks" that you have a wheel locking up. This is probably caused by a bad wheel sensor. You need to scan the module to find out which one.

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Sounds like a wheel speed sensor is faulting. You may be able to take it to a repair shop and allow them to put it on their scanner while it is driven. Unfortunately, the scanner they use is expensive and often there will be a service charge just for the knowledge of what is wrong. Unless you know someone.

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