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Antilock brake system engages on low speed stops on dry pavement on my 2004 Silverado. I have the same thing happening to my '97 suburban....how to fix?

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    I have a 99 suburban doing the same thing,it has new calipers rotors shoes and drums. this only happens under 10mph usually pulling into the driveway or coming up to a stop sighn

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You have a speed sensor with excessive air gap. More likely a front one. Is it 2 or 4 wheel drive?

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