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ABS and Traction Control Light On

I installed new brake pads and front rotors on my 2005 Chev Equinox. Simple job and everthing went on easy with no problems. The next day the ABS and Traction Control Lights came on and stayed on. Brake fluid is full and brakes are operating normal.

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    the traction control an brake assist is flashing back an forth on the dash

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Because the brakes were changed, either one of the sensors were broken when removing brakes or it has set a code. Go to your local autoparts store and have them reset the code. See if it comes back on. If it does you will need to look at the ABS sensors on each wheel and replace if damaged

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