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ABS warning light on

What is this? Only problem is that engine is not starting immediately. Seems better if battery is charged by frequent use.

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Abs is the ant block brakes system. it helps by preventing you from blocking your wheels when you jump on the brakes.(blocked wheels dont steer. they go straight regardless of steering wheel input from you). the warning light warns you that there is a problem with this system. usually a wheel sensor is broken ( there is one on each wheel). the brakes will still work. but you do not have the abs systems help

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I have a '99 dodge grand caravan se, while in park the abs light came on, the battery light came on, and the check engine light has been on,


Looks like you have a few issues there.

1. The battery warning. This is indicative of a weak battery and if your battery is 3 years old or more I would replace it.

2. If you have a weak battery this can trigger other warning lights in the vehicle, typically the ABS warning but sometimes other warning lights as well depending on the electronic features in the car. If you replace the battery this should correct the battery warning and most likely the ABS warning if both of these warnings appeared at the same time.
Normally, once the ABS warning is displayed the anti lock braking system(ABS) will be shut down. Whilst your braking will be normal, if you brake too hard and lock up your wheels on a slippery road there is no ABS assist to prevent the brake lock up which you have when the system is working.

3. If the alternator on the engine is not generating sufficient power and thus not charging the battery at all, or very little, you will likely get a battery warning light. I don't know if your 1999 vehicle has a warning light to indicate a faulty alternator or not.

4. Check Engine Light.
You suggested the CE warning has been showing up for a few days and before the battery and ABS warnings popped up.
The CE warning can be caused by dozens of different engine issues.
The vehicle needs to be scanned with the appropriate scan tool to see what fault codes the onboard computer is generating because if you have a CE warning light there will be fault codes generated 99% of the time.

Once these fault codes have been pulled the mechanic can start to diagnose the cause of the problem or problems. Each engine fault code your car's computer is generating can be caused by different types of problems so it is important that they diagnose the issues correctly. Otherwise your Check Engine light will remain on as long as the causes are not identified and fixed.

Dec 29, 2015 | Dodge Cars & Trucks

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What do the Dashboard Symbols Mean?


I have a mini cooper and every so often symbols come on when I first start up the car. Evidently this is the only time these symbols come on (versus staying on if there is a problem) which is a hassle, because its hard to remember what they are. But here is a list I found to help other Mini drivers like myself:

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  1. Oil Pressure Warning Light. This symbol light usually is turned on when the ECU of the car detects any problem with the oil pressure. It usually indicates that the engine oil level is too low. Solution: Stop the car immediately, switch off the engine, and wait until the engine is cool down, top up the engine oil if the level is low. If the light is still on, consult any mechanic. P/S: This light is usually on when you switch on the ignition and it should be gone as soon as the engine starts.
  2. Battery Charge Warning Light. If the light is on during the car is running, it indicates that the car batteryis not charge. It could be some faulty of the charging system. Solution: Consult any mechanic.
  3. Brake System Warning Light. If the e-brake or handbrake is engaged, the light will on. If the light remains illuminated after the handbrake is released, it may indicate brake fluid level is low. If the fluid level is correct, it may be the sensor fault.
  4. ABS Warning Light. If the light is on while driving, it indicates a malfunction of the ABS system.Solution: Consult a mechanic as soon as possible.
  5. Warning light - Unidentified problem. Computer or ECU in the car sometimes hardly knows what the problem is. It usually indicates the car needs to be serviced.
  6. Engine Warning Light/OBD Indicator. You can always see this symbol in mostthe cars. If the light is on, it indicates that the car should be serviced. It could probably the engine malfunction or some other problems related to the car engine.
  7. Low Fuel. It's LOWWWWWWWWW FUEL, Please refill!
  8. High Beam Light. This symbol light is on when the driver turn on the high beam mode of the headlights. If the light is on when high beam is off, it could be the sensor's fault.
  9. Windshield Wash Symbols. Most of the new car has windshield wash, therefore this icon is common for most of the cars. The symbol notifies the driver when the windshield wipers are activated.
  10. Windshield Defrost. It is turned on once the driver presses the windshield defrost button.
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  1. Fuel Filter Water Trap. This symbol is normal but ONLY for diesel engines car. If the light is on while driving the car, it indicates water is detected in the fuel filter. Solution: It is usually safe to drive the car but have to get the water in the fuel filter drained off as soon as possible.
  2. Temperature Warning Light. The symbol looks like a thermometer. It warns the driver that the engine is overheating. Solution: Find a safe place and stop the car immediately.
  3. Fog Beam Indicator. This is pretty basic and pretty simple. If the fog beam is on, the symbol illuminates.
ORIGINAL SOURCE ARTICLE:
http://www.malaysiaminiiover.com/car-dashboard-symbols.htm

on Oct 30, 2014 | 2007 Mini Cooper S

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Why does my battery light, brake light and ABS light come on?


Usually the battery light means the alternator is not charging the battery. The ABS light means there is a problem with the ABS brake system which may include the normal hydraulic brake system.
On import cars the warning lights can be connected even if only one system is having an issue.

Aug 26, 2014 | 2005 Dodge Durango

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ABS indicator warning light on


Shouldny affect it - just might need a tune up!!! Check all the wires r plugged in2 the sensors behind the brake caliper 2!!!! Good luck!!!

Nov 23, 2013 | 1998 Mercury Mystique

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Battery and ABS light coming on


There is a part on the engine called the "Alternator", the alternator is what charges up the battery and supplies the power to the cars electrical system when the engine is running, when the voltage output of the Alternator is to low it causes the Battery warning light in the dash display to come on (to alert you of a problem in the charging system), the low voltage from the alternator also is what is causing the ABS warning to come most likely. So at this point you will need some basic testing done to determine the cause of the low voltage, this can be the alternator is defective (most likely reason) or other things like wiring issues to the alternator.

Dec 09, 2011 | 2005 Chrysler Pacifica

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Help! Alternator warning light is on? I would like to seek some helpful advise with regards to the Alternator warning light when the ignition is initially switched on and go out when the engine is...


I can't say 100%, but as far as I know, there are a number of lights that come on when starting a car. The alternator light is one of them. Is it possible that you never noticed it before? On my car, the check engine light comes on, the engine trouble light comes on, the seat belt light comes on, the air bag light comes on, the abs brakes light comes on and there are probably others.
I think what you are seeing is normal.
Do you have any problems? Is the battery dying? Is the car stalling? If not, you are probably OK.
Gary

Jul 26, 2011 | Daewoo Lanos Cars & Trucks

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Cold weather, turn on ignition and all lights very dim. I drove a mile or 2 and then check engine, ABS, and another warning light came on. Car died. We jumped it but it won't keep the charge and continues...


Sounds like a bad alternator, engine will only run till battery goes weak, due to alternator not charging system, any auto parts will check your charging system at no charge, hope this was very helpful.

Dec 01, 2010 | 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Electrical power system service required.....ABS warning light, generator warning light, brake failure...car stalled and wont't restart


usually caused by failed generator. Fix the generator and other lights will also extinguish. The car should jump start, but will not stay running without a charged battery. Recommend removing the generator and take to parts store for testing. Would you like instructions for removing generator?

Oct 17, 2010 | 2001 Volvo V70

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Tire pressure, ABS, and red warning light keep going on while the temp gauge jumps to max (and immediately goes back down again. Tires seem pumped up and the brakes are working fine, not sure what the...


It's your ABS pump! The same happened me, all the light you mention came up on my dashboard aswel and within a few days the car would not start for me.. Thought it was a dead battery so I hooked up the jump leads to the battery and smoke started coming from the wires out of the ABS pump! Take a look at your pump (its located just in front of the passenger seat at the back of the engine) and look down at the wires to see if they have melted.. You might be lucky and just have to get the wires replaced but if you are like me you will be unlucky and need to get the ABS pump replaced at a cost of €600 to buy (UK price) plus €80 to fit not to mention other labour etc... Make sure you go to an auto electrical guy as a regular mechanic won't have a clue! Stay away from main dealer, w@ankers!!

Nov 23, 2009 | 2002 Mini Cooper

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Start up self diagnostic problems.


maybe a little corrosion on the connection from your alt? it could cause the higher resistance to make the voltage drop. the higher rpm's increase flow of electricity forcing it through the corrosion... maybe???

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