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Brakes lock on ice, snow, rain, and high temperatures

My back breaks lock up when there is ice, snow, rain, or high temperatures. They lock up every morning the first time I stop as well. After a while on a good day the brakes are fine, occasionally squeak, but work well. Then the next time, BAM, they don't work and my back breaks lock up and my rear end is sliding all over the place. Had it to about four mechanics who have no idea what the problem is. They say the brakes are "like new" and can't understand why they're locking. It's been going on for several years now. Anyone know what to do?

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  • carolynm173 Jul 28, 2009

    A technician disconnected my ABS system a few years back, thinking this might solve the problem. It didn't work. I don't believe it's ever been reconnected. The ABS light does come on sometimes but it's not always the case. Thanks for your input, I do appreciate it!

  • carolynm173 Jul 28, 2009

    Thank you very much. I don't know how to reconnect it. I would take it back to the guy who disconnected it but the place is out of business I'll find someone who can do it though. They disconnected it because they thought maybe that was the problem in the first place. Hmmm... :)



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Sounds like your Anti lock brake valve is not functioning right. The bad thing is that it has to be serviced by a technician. When they lock up is there any lights on the dash that light up like something that says anti-lock?

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    outdoorsman5 Jul 28, 2009

    you have to have the ABS system installed back or they will continue to lock up. If it is locking up with the system hooked up there has to be a problem within the ABS system valve or Proportioning valve. It will never not work right if it is not connected up and can be very dangerous on slick roads.

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    outdoorsman5 Jul 28, 2009

    Yeah I understand that but I am at a loss as to why they didn't fix the valve or replace it. They should have known that unhooking it would delete the Anti Lock brake system there to protect you from locking up and possibly causing a accident or killing someone. You should have it hooked back up and tested. Sometimes the fix is relatively cheap to fix as it may just be a sticky valve or something simple.
    good luck



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