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Unread 03-23-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Noticed the ABS light on while driving home. When I pulled into my driveway I Pulled up my handbrake then let it down again, the ABS light went away. I started up the jeep twice more and the ABS light didn't come on. You guys think it's my ABS or just a faulty sensor?

Forgot to add: my jeep is 1998 ZJ 4.0 i6. Brakes changed a year ago, battery changed half a year ago.

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Unread 03-23-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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Maybe a fault on one sensor. If you have a scan tool, try monitoring your speed sensors for one dropping out. Otherwise, I'd let it go until it comes on and stays.

I am not sure if it would be stored in history codes if it went back off. Worth a try to scan.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 07:29 AM   #3
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It may be a sensor fault if you are lucky. Mine came on when I had a brake line leak near a tire. I assume it just got enough fluid aroudn there to make it hard for the sensor to function.

I never actually took a look at that sensor after the brake line was fixed and the light has stayed on indicating ABS. Since I really am not a fan of ABS brakes on my jeep, so I like that they aren't functioning right now and I have regular brakes.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 07:56 AM   #4
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Easy fix

Remove All ABS relays and fuse
Unplug ABS pump
Remove all speed sensors
Remove ABS light from cluster


FIXED
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:10 AM   #5
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Untill you crash and the insurance wont cover anything because YOU disabled a safteysystem.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #6
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Easy fix

Remove All ABS relays and fuse
Unplug ABS pump
Remove all speed sensors
Remove ABS light from cluster


FIXED

Ive done 2/4 of these things
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:14 AM   #7
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What insurance? you guys have insurance on your old Jeep?
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Unread 03-24-2013, 09:16 AM   #8
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Maybe a fault on one sensor. If you have a scan tool, try monitoring your speed sensors for one dropping out. Otherwise, I'd let it go until it comes on and stays.

I am not sure if it would be stored in history codes if it went back off. Worth a try to scan.
No scanners other than the Chrysler drbiii and snap on solus can read abs data. The wheel sensors do not report anything to the pcm.
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Untill you crash and the insurance wont cover anything because YOU disabled a safteysystem.
Abs is a convenience, not a required system. Still millions of vehicles on the road without it and they stop just fine.
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Unread 03-24-2013, 10:44 AM   #9
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What kind of crappy insurance would take the time to look for that?. Lol. Just dont wreck it

In the state of PA it is not mandatory to have ABS
Also the braking system works better without ABS. You just need to know how to drive

I prefer not having ABS and performing my own brake pumping. You have more control over the vehicle
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Unread 03-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #10
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What kind of crappy insurance would take the time to look for that?. Lol. Just dont wreck it

In the state of PA it is not mandatory to have ABS
Also the braking system works better without ABS. You just need to know how to drive

I prefer not having ABS and performing my own brake pumping. You have more control over the vehicle
In the dry or snow / ice yeah but not in the wet on the street IMHO
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Unread 03-24-2013, 02:18 PM   #11
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In the dry or snow / ice yeah but not in the wet on the street IMHO

Snow, ice, rain?

I understand these are all different braking situations; but in every one of these situations i would prefer manual, boost assist, braking
ABS is over rated

My humble opinion
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Some people would prefer ABS and would rather keep it operational

Not this guy
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Unread 03-24-2013, 10:55 PM   #12
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OP, I have the same year and trim jeep. My light came on and off a few times awhile ago. I took it to a buddies shop with the scanning tools and it was a speed sensor. he said not to worry, but if i wanted to, i could take the fuze and relays out to have a non abs braking vehicle. As the members above have stated, its a preference. But as an Emt who has seen too many accidents...I'd keep the modern safety feature that the jeep was designed to have on it. especially if you didn't grow up in the 70's/80's and have experience with non abs cars. You don't want to make your first emergency maneuver without abs and not know how to properly use the big pedal or not know how the truck is going to react...

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Unread 03-25-2013, 02:06 AM   #13
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Thanks for the replies guys. I do have insurance on the jeep and do not intend to disable the system just yet I have been keeping a close eye on the truck and the light hasnt come on since.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 02:37 AM   #14
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ABS? The hell is that? Some new invention? Lol every vehicle I've owned has had broken ABS and traction control.

Check all your sensors (if you wish) or just leave it alone. As long as you know how to drive you really don't need it, and the ABS light won't do anything but annoy you. I get scared when mine goes off..
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Unread 08-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #15
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has anyone tried the actron CP9580A? it says all obd2 vehicles.
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