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Chevy Cavalier 2001 ABS Brake problem

I have had terrible brake problems since I bought the 2001 chevy cavalier, had brakes replaced 4 times...last yr replaced rotor and pads for $500 my ABS light is on with the repair wrench service symbol, also my "Trac off" light is on...the brakes pulsate, stick and also slide when I put the brakes on, very hard to describe (not just when it's raining...scary
Any advice is greatly appreciated on how to deal with this...I also had the ABS lights reset and they went back on....the problem is getting worse. I don't want to pay a lot to fix this but want to be safe driving.


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  • Naamah567 Apr 24, 2009

    I have similar problems with my 1998 cavalier. I have had to replace my brake pads more often than normal. I replaced the caliper, and still had the same problem. I also had problems with the ABS lights coming on for no apparent reason, even after resetting them. I ended up having to replace the ABS relay and wheel speed senor wiring which solved the problems for awhile, but was a spendy repair at the mechanic. The relay has since gone out again, and this is considered a frequent problem for 1998 cavaliers according to MSN autos.

    Here's what they have under brake reliability for your 2001 model:
    "An occasional problem on this vehicle is the failure of the Wheel Speed Sensor Wiring. The cost to repair the Wheel Speed Sensor Wiring is estimated at $117.00 for parts and $32.50 for labor. All prices are estimates based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and do not include diagnostic time or any applicable sales tax."--MSN Autos

    My advice is to check out your relay and sensor, before you waste money replacing parts, and good luck!!!

  • MikeRenee May 11, 2010

    Have you changed or had the calipers tested? Since you changed the pads and rotors maybe you have a bad caliper or even both bad. You changed just the front or the back drums and shoes as well?


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You don't say what brakes.

I have had many cavys and worked on them. Great cars.

Your problem sounds like a **** rear wheel cylinder and bad drums/rotors and abs sensor wire.

My car just did everything you describe, I put in new wheel cylinders, drums, brakes, rotors, and 2 new rear brake lines. For less than 200 bucks the car is like new again and has well over 100k.

You can do it yourself. Doesn't take special tools. I followed online how-to's.

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  • ACMATT Jun 03, 2009

    I didn't mean for that to be a solution, sorry I am new.

    I forgot to mention that when you redo the front brakes make sure the caliper pins slide freely inside the rubber grommets. If they do not, you may need new rubber guides, sliders, and bolts (they come as a kit). $18 for all of that and another 2 dollars for the silicone lube.

    Your sliders have to slide or you will have uneven wear and warped rotors. The sticking (if in the rear) is a wheel cylinder. 10 dollars. If it is sticking in the front, caliper rebuild needed or perhaps air got into the lines somehow. If you do need to rebuild the caliper, it is easier to just buy them. Should be 35-65 dollars each.


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