2003 Focus SE wagon (US), 2.0L DOHC 16V ZETEC engine, automatic,
optional anti-lock braking system,
I don't ordinarily drive this vehicle during snow but last week I had
and had to drive to a nearby city in a snowstorm. Most of the roads
been plowed so I was driving on several inches of new snow. I parked
the car in a snow
covered lot for about an hour and then started the car to drive it
home. The ABS & Brake
warning lights stayed on after the startup light check. I drove the
car about 5 miles (with
both lights on) and stopped at the Post Office. Brakes seemed to be
100% operational although I did
not get in a situation where the ABS activated. When I restarted the
car, only the ABS
stayed on. After driving about 1/8 mile, the ABS light went out. The
car has been operating normally
(no warning lights on) since then. I checked the brake fluid reservoir
and it was full. No visible fluid leakage on
garage floor. I don't think I have a problem but any ideas as to what
might have cause the warning lights.
Snow/ice buildup on rotors/calipers?
It is possible that ABS was activated before I parked the car because
it was slippery on a couple of
downhills I encountered.