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19198 malibu The ABS light keeps coming on and my rear brakes are engaging before the front brakes. Any solutions? Thanks! je

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Chances are there is a malfunction in the proportioning valve inside the ABS unit. Only a qualified tech should replace it due to safty reasons.

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