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Why would front anti-lock disc brakes not work after the pads are replaced?

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2015-07-17 17:34:04
2015-07-17 17:34:04

Sounds like maybe wrong parts or damage to the abs while changing pads. Abs ring or sensor, harness damage? Need to take it to a professional to find out where the source of the problem is. The abs sensor can be damaged if metal particles get into it. If the rotors were machined and not cleaned off is one way for metal particles to get there, another is if the pad wore into the rotor.

The ABS system is separate from the mechanical brakes. If the ABS light comes on the system will not be working, although your mechanical brakes will be. It is also possible that if you have not changed/flushed your brake fluid out every 2 years the debris may have accumulated and could have been forced back into the abs control unit damaging it. Figure about $1500.00 for one of these babies.

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