Close
What to do with a 1998 isuzu amigo that didn't have brake recall fixed?
1998 Isuzu Amigo

What to do with a 1998 Isuzu Amigo that didn't have brake recall fixed?

(1998 Isuzu Amigo)
Almost daily since I bought this backup car 18 months ago, the ABS brake light on the dash comes on. Sometimes not at all. According to what I've seen, there was a recall on the braking system, but my VIN# didn't show as having the recall done. If it is raining, the ABS light ALWAYS comes on. I hadn't had any problems until recently. I noticed a few weeks ago that the parking brake doesn't really work. I've checked the brake fluids and anything visible, but see nothing wrong. I've been driving it as if it has no ABS. Just this week, I started feeling a vibration going down our mountain when slightly braking. I believe that means the rear brakes are probably ready to be replaced. However, these current events have not increased or decreased the frequency of the dash ABS coming on, or not coming on. Should I take it in and have the brakes done as if there is no rear ABS (as that is the only brakes that's supposed to be), or should I do something different?
What seems to make the problem better or worse? Worse if it's wet outside or car was washed
How long have you had this problem? 18 month (since I bought it)
Tags: brakes, abs, recall, lights, sensor, warning, vibrations, parking, isuzu, amigo
1 answer & 0 comments
Popular Answer
on November 11, 2017
Hello,

Start by watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JenyKOVJEI

The brake pad wear will not have an effect on the ABS, but the shimmy is probably due to a little bit of warping on the front brake rotors. I'll double down by saying that taking a vehicle down a mountain all the time will eventually lead to overheating the front brakes at some point.

The ABS wheel sensor is likely getting wet inside the connector, or the program for the ABS control unit is incorrect, and turning the ABS off any time some wheel slippage is noted.

Using that video should tell you what is going on, and feel free to let me know what you get if you want some analysis.
Sign in to reply
General Diagnosis
$88 - $111 Learn More
on November 11, 2017
Hello,

Start by watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JenyKOVJEI

The brake pad wear will not have an effect on the ABS, but the shimmy is probably due to a little bit of warping on the front brake rotors. I'll double down by saying that taking a vehicle down a mountain all the time will eventually lead to overheating the front brakes at some point.

The ABS wheel sensor is likely getting wet inside the connector, or the program for the ABS control unit is incorrect, and turning the ABS off any time some wheel slippage is noted.

Using that video should tell you what is going on, and feel free to let me know what you get if you want some analysis.
Sign in to reply

Similar Questions

View answers to similar questions from RepairPal's community of auto experts and enthusiasts.
Line broke while driving car died replaced the broken line now it won't start
Starter is the only thing that will work, no lights, no spark, no fuel pump, nothing