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Breaks lock up

I have a 1997 pontiac grand am se. my abs and ets lights are on and everytime i apply the breaks expetually in the rain or snow my back tires lock up and skid how do i fix this? i know it has something to do with the abs and ets i can turn the ets on so the light goes out but when i do my car wont go passed 30 miles and hr. thanks

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The wheel speed sensors may need adjustment on the rear

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