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Hi i have a question... I brought my car in to the dealer to have something fixed while in there they found that my inner rt tie rod needed to be fixed and i agreed because i did feel something was wrong in the front end. after they gave me back my car while i was still in the parking lot my brakes were all screwed up and the abs system was messed up. i turned around and went back in. is it possible that while they were fixing my tie rod that someone could of screwed up my brakes by accident? now they wont own up to it and i am just trying to see if i can figure out what happened. do you have to go near the brakes when doing this kind of repair? i hope you can help me understand this a little better... thanks..........

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  • indusryan Nov 13, 2008

    ABS on Left front is pounding when comming to a stop

    Started after front wheel bearing was changed

    can't find any info on how ABS and Auto FWD are connected, but when ABS light comes on FWD flashes indicating ( by the manual) the FWD is de-energised

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They could have hit the abs sencer wire by rt front rotor

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