I have a Venture 2002 van. In the last few months my abs lights
randomly goes on and off. Is that a matter that need immediate
attention. I occasionally hear the abs kicking in for no reason
(like when I am backing up for example). Should I be worried safety
wise. Could this create other problems if I don't attend to it soon?
It all depends on whether you like your brakes to work the same way
every time you hit them. When that light is on you don't have ABS. Now
suppose your coming up to a green light and lust as you start through
you notice a car running the red side. You jump on the brakes. Which
type of brakes do you have? anti-lock or normal what happens IF they
decide to switch modes while your braking? I would advise getting it
On 25 Apr 2006 19:38:27 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't know just how dumb you are or if your mother dropped you on
your head or what. If by some chance you are smart enough to know
that green means go and red means stop, what would possess you to
drive a car with faulty brakes.
Please post your home address so that we can call the local police.
If you live in Iraq I'll have you shot.
You, 'cselby' and 'Edwin' both need to get a grip. The guy is asking a
question. If you don't have a nice answer then keep quiet. Some cars turn
the ABS light on for something simple like low on fluid. Yes, the guy should
get the car checked out, and that's WHY he asked.
RTFM for crying out loud. Anyone that does not have the brain power to
figure "my brakes are having a problems" should not be driving. That
intermittent belt whine may leave you by the side of the road, but that
intermittent brake can leave you DEAD should it fail the wrong way. .
His brakes still work. There is an issue with the ABS. I drove my old
Bonneville for about 4 years with the ABS light on. Never had a problem
stopping. Remember ABS isn't always required. It just enables you to
steer in a heavy breaking situation. Good drivers can out stop an ABS
system and still maintain control.
True, they are designed to work that way and hopefully they always will if
the ABS fails. But to ignore it and ask if it should be checked out, is
just a plain dumb question. Yes, there really is a stupid question.
I'll drive a while with a noise if I know what it is and what, if any, harm
can come of it, but I don't drive with safety devices disabled out of
ignorance. You can go your entire life with no need for the ABS, but if it
rains tomorrow, the road is slippery, a car pulls out . . . . . . .ABS may
make the difference.
If they "slam and steer". I had a guy run into the back of my car
because when applied the brakes on wet pavement and the ABS functioned
he didn't know what it was and released the brake pedal and used my
bumper to stop.
Spoken like a car user, not a car fixer. When people do dangerous
things, without knowing enough to stop and check what's happening,
this is as nice as it gets. If you can't check it yourself take it
to someone who can, not to a newsgroup. NOT for red lites on - ever.
Feel free to discuss it after the problem is resolved or was looked at
by alleged competent people and not resolved.
ABS stops the wheels from braking in a selective manner depending on
what the wheel sensors detect. In effect it screws with the brakes
ability to 'lock up'. When the system gets old /worn /dirty it
really messes up including preventing any braking no matter how soft
or hard you stand on the brake pedal. And it can do this
intermitently just like Russian roulette. When the red lite comes on
it means something important enough to turn the lite on, is happening.
This bit of info doesn't get the vehicle checked and/or repaired and
it is far from explaining ABS in it's entirety. It is about a worst
case scenario. And it's the one you better be prepared to live (or
kill or die) with when it happens.
That's why you are so dangerous. Idiots like you are why so many
'accidents' happen that aren't 'your fault'. Don't spread your
stupidity by making this person think it's OK to drive with red lites
on or flashing on.
Wrong. I fix cars all the time. I just did a brake job today.
I have had ABS failures on several cars, each time the ABS light would come
on, the ABS system would shut down, and the brakes returned to 'standard'
I didn't say it was OK to drive the car with the light on, I said he should
get it looked at, but calling someone names isn't going to help at all. The
guy was asking if it was a problem. A simple 'yes, get it checked out' would
have sufficed. People like you give Mechanics a bad name. Treat people with
respect, and they will treat you the same.
I couldn't agree more, Dave.
Group: alt.autos.gm Date: Wed, Apr 26, 2006, 11:03pm (EDT-1) From:
Speaking of idiots, what we don't need is people like you pontificating
on subjects that you know nothing about.
"Sometimes, when you're up to your butt in alligators, it's hard to
remember that the intial objective was to drain the swamp."
~ Unknown ~
If it goes on and off randomly it nothing to worry about, could be a whole
lot of little things from a worn hub assembly to a loose sensor to low
fluid. When you get a chance get it checled out. In the mean time you still
have good brakes.
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