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ABS problem I have a problem with the ABS, they keep firing while breaking, and occationally while in motion. This keeps up until the system shuts down and the ABS light lights up. I've checked all of the wheel sensors and none of them seem to be damaged or out of place.

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  • jbostain Jul 27, 2009

    The problem is that the light does not stay on persistently. It only turns on after some driving and if the ABS fires off enough.

    Would it harm anything if I were to pull a fuse from the relay to disable the system? I don't want this to burn out the actuator.

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It sounds like the computer is receiving an erratic signal from one of the wheel speed sensors. This problem is quite common when a wheel speed sensor is not quite dead yet but is on the way out.

If the ABS light is on the problem should be easily diagnosed with an ABS capable scan tool.

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    Travis Mcilree Jul 28, 2009

    It would be Okay to pull the fuse, all this will do is disable the ABS. I would recommend fixing it before you have to drive in rain or snow too much.

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