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Abs light rear wheel locking

Hello, Was driving my 2002 Grand Caravan. The ABS light came on and the passenger side rear wheel locked up. Was literally dragging an "unturning" tire the whole time. Weather at the time was snow ice and slush. Can the brakes become contaminated with ice and snow and lock up on their own? This is a rather scary situation. At highway speeds, this could easily throw the vehicle right out of control. Thanks much.

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Anything is possible in those conditions . Have the ABS system checked for any codes or faults that would explain what happened at that moment. It sounds like a solenoid in the hydraulic unit got stuck for that wheel .

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I would say it is more likely that your wheel bearing hub locked up and caused the light to come on. You could have a severe brake fault too. Either one you should have had some noises or other indicators of the problem. Good luck, don't drive the vehicle until you get to a garage.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013

  • jagornot Dec 31, 2013

    George does not know what he's talking about. If a solenoid stuck it would relieve brake pressure from that wheel not hold it on. Sorry George.

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no it does not; this is a massive short in the electrical system and, requires the services of an auto electrician like myself.
take the car in to an ASE certified auto electrical shop and, stop spending money on temporary fixes
the technicians can read the schematics and, fix your car right

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SOURCE: 2002 Silverado right rear wheel locking up.

You will need to have the parking brake adjusted to the minimum clearance possible and double check the shoes & drum while off.

It sounds as though the shoes are loose, they move forward, grab & unil you center the brakes by applying them and then they release until put into a bind again.

These usually don't get adjusted or even looked at since they are hidden inside the brake rotor hub on the rear wheels.

good luck.

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Accelerometer Removal and Installation
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