My '97 Dakota has the ABS & Brake warning lights on in the dash. The brakes
are still working with no apparent difference. Would it be safe to still
drive this truck until I can get it in to be scanned, probably a couple of
days? I did the checks as indicated in my Haynes manual (parking brake not
on, fuses OK, no apparent problems with wiring under the hood or at the
rear-end speed sensor) and found nothing.
I'd push very hard on the brake pedal when vehicle is running PARKED , then
a puddle of fluid under the truck. Did you check the brake fluid level?
Those WARNING lights usually mean the vehicle has a problem.
How would you feel if something tragic happened?
Actually, those lights on together mean that there is something wrong with
the anti-lock system which may or may not be major. In most cases, it
indicates that the speed sensor in the rear axle has failed but that is not
always the case. Either way, at worst it indicates that your anti-lock
system is no longer functional and if you have just the rear anti-lock
brakes, I don't see it as any real loss at all. It is unlikely that the
anti-brake light would illuminate due to a fluid leak.
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well well , fords are a bit different w/the warning lights then , guess
you know who is the ass this time when i a$$ume d. my bad
the op did look anyway ( for leakage ) which would make me feel
alot better about using my truck w/the warnings lit.
After I checked for leaks and appreciable change in the fluid level (none)
and taking it for a drive and applying the brakes hard several times I felt
pretty confident that it would be safe. But before I let my daughter drive
it to school (4.5 miles) I figured that I may as well avail myself of the
knowledge and kindness of this group. There are several here that
consistently give good advice (TBone being one of them). I do appreciate
your concern and tendency to go to a safety first position.
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