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Old 06-15-2019, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've got a 2006 1.5l Swift that has almost 160k miles on it and I'm having a few issues with the brakes. When I go over about 70mph the ABS light comes on, but it eventually goes off when I stop the car for a while.
The brakes themselves seem to be unnafected except I get some kind of shudder through the pedal when braking but only when turning, which I'm not sure if it is related at all as it's happened before the light ever started to come on.

Does anyone know what could be causing these problems?
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Check the wheel bearings for run out.

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I've got a 2006 1.5l Swift that has almost 160k miles on it and I'm having a few issues with the brakes. When I go over about 70mph the ABS light comes on, but it eventually goes off when I stop the car for a while.
The brakes themselves seem to be unnafected except I get some kind of shudder through the pedal when braking but only when turning, which I'm not sure if it is related at all as it's happened before the light ever started to come on.

Does anyone know what could be causing these problems?
check sensors, reluctor rings and wheel bearings. Shudder thru pedal indicates warped or stuck brakes, only when turning suggests a worn wheel bearing allowing things to move under braking. This could very well have led to the ABS light illumination issue and quite possibly may be related.
The fact the light is only coming on above 70 mph could be bearing / excessive movement issue.
Get it read for codes and start diagnosing from there. If the ABS light is resetting after a key off / on cycle, then its a transient fault and could be from something as simple as dust interfering with a sensor right thru to something more serious.

Diagnosis is the first step to determine whats actually wrong. Codes will help you to start looking in a particular area. Just remember, a "sensor faulty" code does not necessarily mean its the sensor. A decent clean and blow out of all brake components and sensors may be all thats needed. Given its age, bearings are a distinct possibility as well.
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Thanks, I have a code reader but I wasnt sure if it would read ABS codes and I keep forgetting to take it with me. Wheel bearings sound likely. I just had one replaced about 6 months ago that was really bad and I also rather lazily never got around to having the alignment done after having my front suspension arms changed which the mechanic said could lead to worn bearings. I'll take it somewhere and get it checked.
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