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Tonight I was coming down some steep hills and had my 1990 Dodge Spirit car in 3rd gear instead of OD and I was applying the brake and the anti-lock light came on and the same time the car jerked like the brakes were locking or something, This scared me, I put it back on OD and the same thing happened when I had to apply the brakes the light went on, the car jerked like it was shifting down or locked brakes. The rest of the trip I went really slow and didn't use the brakes. I went to my mechanic( we live in a small town) and he said he would test drive it tomorrow but he can't do anything unless it does this to him. My first question is what is it. Second question is can I just ask him to replace the anti-lock module( my son-in-law said it could be acting up) whether the mechanic goes through the same thing or not on the test drive? Also I had my brake pads checked a month ago and they were ok.

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  • nora_princet Sep 28, 2009

    My mechanic said it would be a waste of money to replace a module. I was doubtful but the next day went for a another run and it did it again but this time with someone else driving. He said, it's not the tranny, it's not the brakes ( he was slowing down when this happened on flat ground), it could be the injectors need cleaning. We went and got some Wynn cleaning stuff, poured it in the gas tank with a full tank of gas and tomorrow I will have the mechanic replace the fuel filter. I'm hoping this simple repair will be the answer. It was pretty scarey when it happened.

    This car has a history of fuel filters being replaced by the previous owner.

  • nora_princet Sep 28, 2009

    and I also say thank-you to you for your comments and you aren't rambling!!!!

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Hmmmm Your son in law may be partialy correct...this system has many parts. Each tire has it own sensor, the steering wheel even has a clockspring that works with this system. The transmission even has a sensor on it. They all feed back to the anti lock module. Uneven tire pressure can even set off the system. I would look at the tire/break sensors first. Hopefully your mechanic can locate it. Your car may of even threw a code so that may help the mechanic.

I know the explanation is not very "there is your problem" but the anti lock system is a very important safety system. I just want you to be informed.

To just replace the module may fix the problem, but there is no to be sure unless you at least look at the rest of the system.

Hope this helps and I didnt ramble on to much.
Not sure if I answered your questions.

best of luck

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

  • Roger Campbell
    Roger Campbell Sep 28, 2009

    I hope that solves it.Please let me know if that is it.....i just dont see the connection. Best of luck

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