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ABS activating interminently

I have a 96 Towncar. The ABS has been periorically activating, usually when the car is completely stopped sitting at a light. Today, the abs activated contunisly while I was backing. My foot was off the brake the intire distance of nearly 250 feet, while it did it's thing. Once I stopped the car and put it in drive, the brakes operated normally. The light does not come on during this time. Fluid level is ok. Never fails to stop, just makes terrible groaning noises under the dash, and the pedal moves slightly. Any ideas?

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  • gettinbydly Feb 26, 2009

    I have more recently discovered that the ABS activates nearly everytime at exactly 8 mph. This happens without using the brake, and with the car moving forward or backward. It usually only takes 2 or 3 seconds of traveling at exactly 8 mph for it to activate. It will continue until the speed is changed either up of down a few mph.

  • davidjroll Apr 26, 2009

    I am having the same intermittent problem. A sound begins under the dash, the brakes will actuate, and the ABS light will come on. Does this indicate an unsafe braking situation; that is, suddenly lock up the brakes while driving?



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Wheel speed sensor. check with your dealer on cost and availability

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