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ABS light appeared on dash for a few seconds before going out. What does ABS light mena?

I have a 2000 Jetta. A light flashed on for a few seconds that said "ABS" and chimes went off for a few seconds, but then it was gone. Has happened twice now in a few weeks. What does "ABS" mean?

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ABS stands for Anti-Lock Braking system. The system could be triggered if you are on wet pavement or sliding and the brakes cannot properly control the vehicle deceleration. The vehicle could also have a fault in the ABS system due to a wheel sensor that is corroded or damaged. This type of problem is best left to an expert as the ABS system can be very expensive to repair.

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Abs is your anti lock braking system but it can be as simple as low brake fluid to fix

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