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ABS warning light on constantly, brake fluid is at max, problem just started two days ago.At first the light came on when the car was started, then went off before driving about a mile.

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You will need the code/s read. The computer that monitors and controls the ABS system has detected a fault. It could have to do with just about anything so have it checked out. Keep in mind, you can not get a state inspection sticker with that light on.

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