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2003 dodge ram 1500 abs & brake light came on. also cruise does not work. any suggestions

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Problem: I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7 L HEMI. My ABS and Parking Brake lights were illuminated, and my speedometer needle would "bounce". Also when sitting at a stop sign or just sitting idle, the engine would stall, and often times stop running.

Solution: After long research on this problem, I decided to dig in and try to find the problem myself. I replaced the Rear ABS Sensor
($35) that's located on top of the rear differential. Still no fix. I then unplugged the ABS Controller (or Module) that's located directly behind the battery (You should see the metal brake lines running into the top of it.) When I unplugged it, I noticed LOTS of moisture in the plug. Using an air hose, I blew out the water and let it dry good. When I plugged it back in, and hooked the negative battery terminal back up THE PROBLEM WAS SOLVED!! Simple fix. Hope this helps.

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  • ksp678 Mar 01, 2010

    I forgot about the Cruise issue. My cruise also stopped working, and I noticed my brake lights would stay lit anywhere from 2 to 10 seconds after lifting my foot off the brakes.

    I simply replaced the brake pedal switch located just above the brake pedal. ($10) Took about 2 minutes if that.



    Please rate and respond to both of my posts if this helps anyone else. I would like to get this solution posted all over the internet so we will no longer get ripped off by Dealerships for a simple fix. Thanks

  • Pat Barrett Jan 12, 2013

    My 97 ram 1500 4x4 has the brake and abs lights on all the time. I have brakes so I don't think it's brake pads etc. I'll try this. Thanks. I'll also change out the ABS sensor while I'm at it.

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