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Emergency brakelight/ABS light remains on.

Front brakes (rotors & pads) have been replaced... rear turn freely...
at the odometer it reads "TRAC OFF"....

any suggestions ????

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You have fault in your abs/traction control system. You need to find a shop that can read the code for you before I can give you any more information on this problem.

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