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My amber abs light came on while i was driving. when i got to my location i turned the engine off and restarted it per the manual. the light is still on. is it safe to drive the vehicle until i can bring it in to be looked at?

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Yes it is safe to drive if the light is on. Please read below.

Abs Warning Light On vehicles equipped with antilock brakes (ABS), a second warning light is provided to warn if a problem occurs within the ABS system. The ABS lamp comes on when the ignition is turned on for a bulb check, then goes out after the engine starts. If the ABS warning light remains on or comes on while driving, it indicates a fault has occurred in the ABS system.

What happens next depends on the nature of the fault. On most applications, the ABS system disables itself if the ABS warning light comes on and remains on. This should have no effect on normal braking. Even so, ABS will NOT be available in an emergency situation or when braking on a wet or slick surface.

CAUTION: If the brake warning light also comes on and remains on while the ABS warning light it on, it signals a serious problem. Your vehicle may not be safe to drive. The brakes and ABS system should be inspected immediately to determine the nature of the problem!
If the ABS light comes on momentarily then goes out, the nature of the problem is usually minor and the ABS system usually remains fully operational. Some vehicle manufacturers call this kind of fault a "nonlatching" fault (meaning it isn't serious enough to disable the ABS system).
Regardless of the type of fault that occurred to trigger the ABS warning lamp, a special "code" is recorded in the ABS module's memory to aid in diagnosing the problem. On some vehicles this code can be retrieved by putting the ABS system into a special diagnostic mode. The code is then flashed out through the ABS warning lamp. The code number refers to a diagnostic chart in a service manual that must be followed to pinpoint the faulty component. On other applications, a special "scan tool" must be plugged into the vehicle's diagnostic connector to read out the fault code.

Diagnosing ABS problems requires a fair amount of knowledge and expertise (as well as special equipment in many applications), so this job is best left to a competent professional.

Good Luck

Posted on Nov 06, 2010

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    TeriMac Jul 13, 2014

    1994 Pontiac SunBIRD LE. While driving AntiLock light comes on from time to time, but was never an "issue". NOW, though, when it has come on, upon arriving at my destination and shut engine off, it will NOT re-start and I have to boost it. It boosts perfectly, thee are no "starter" issues. I can drive a few trips in a day, however, ASA it involves the ABS light coming on, I know it will NOT START for a next trip

  • TeriMac
    TeriMac Jul 13, 2014

    I have cables and have recently purchased portable booster pack, so there is no need to have someone around to help boost

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