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Brake light and ABS light on - Also intrument cluster lights up r

First problem is my brake light and ABS light came on. Shortly after my front brakes started to grid so I replaced pads, rotors, calipers, checked e brake, and brake fluid. They still light up but now will go off then come back on at random while driving.
Second while driving my instrument cluster will completely light up and temp gage bottom out, them all instrument lights go off and temp gage goes back to where it belongs.

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  • JermsBlues Mar 10, 2009

    My 99 cavalier has both ABS and Break lights on always. When hooked to the computer the computer cannot read the computer. All pads, shoes, rotors and drums are brand new. Mechanic says that the lines are fine and all sensors are in operational manner. Whats left ? Is it the computer?

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Check the abs fuse i think 50amp or the electronic brake control module. i remove it from mine to remove abs and my light still on

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Accelerometer Removal and Installation
  1. NOTE: The accelerometer is located under the center, rear passenger seat carpet. (I think you have to remove seat for access).
    Cut the carpeting along the perforations.
  1. Disconnect the electrical connector.
  1. Remove the nuts and remove the accelerometer.
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Have dealer hook up tester and pull fault codes if you can't find an easy solution.
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