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1999 Pontiac Grand Am Question: ABS/track off light

 

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tna, 4 Cylinder, Decatur, TN, April 08, 2009, 15:12
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if my breaks need to be bled would the ABS light and track off light come on occasionally? If not what else might it be?

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, April 08, 2009, 15:41
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    Not likely. The light coming on is indicating either a problem with the system, or, with some vehicles, when the front tires start to spin, and the traction control starts to operate, the light can flicker on and off. See your owners manual, if this is the case it should describe this.

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    tna, April 08, 2009, 15:53
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    thanks the light stays on it doesnt flicker. The only thing is it doesnt come on all the time.

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    Bret Bodas, April 08, 2009, 16:08
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    I would start with having the diagnostic trouble codes (DTC's) checked. It may be dirty wheel speed sensors or a faulty control module

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    BeenThereDoneThat September 09, 2009, 06:53
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    I Had The Same Problem on My Cavalier:

    DON'T CHANGE THE WHEEL SPEED SENSOR! The dealer charges $150 with tax for that part, and that's probably not the problem!

    I had the exact same issue. Those 3 lights would come on either when I moved the car, or turned the wheel to the right. The Chevrolet mechanic next door checked the computer and it gave a fault code for the Left Wheel Speed Sensor. I changed the expensive part and the problem still existed.

    After researching this online, I found that there were a lot of similar problems, but the fix was to replace the wiring harness for the sensor, not the sensor itself. When I inspected my harness, I immediatley found 1 of the 2 wires nearly broken in half. My break was right at the connector to the sensor, so I couldn't simply repair the wire. I had to replace the harness. It was VERY easy (20 minutes max). The dealer stocks this harness ($110 with tax). I got it aftermarket online for $40 with the clips and butt connectors. Be sure to tape up the repair sight very tight to keep the moisture out of the harness. I had ramps to drive up onto so the work could be done from underneath the car. Otherwise, you will probably have to take the wheel off to get to the harness.

    Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions: colorado_kyle@hotmail.com

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