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I have a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500. When I first get in the truck and drive it, the first few times I step on the brake pedal it locks up the front wheels. Can anyone tell me what is going on or what I need to do to fix it ?

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Vehicles of today are no longerstart and go. The systems all need time to Ck, recheck and make adjustments. The AbS system does a self check the first few minutes after the vehicle is started. You should be able to hear all the clicking going on. So, consider that before taking it in to the dealer or a shop. For sure, make sure the rear brakes are adjusted properly. Good Luck

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