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Old 07-25-2013, 09:08 PM   #1
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ABS problems

I just took my 1997 Allegro 28' to Lazy Daze because the ABS light is on. It has been on since I had a problem coming down a mountain pass in Mexico. Seems I got the brakes to hot. The brakes work fine the ABS light won't go out. The shop took off the wheels and said that the sensors were fried and the rig would need new ones on the front. I waited for several hours and was told that the sensors for that vehicle (a Chevrolete Chassis) aren't made anymore. Then they tried to sell me a brake job I suppose to keep the revenue up in the shop. I asked if they could disconnect the ABS system and they said no that they might be liable if something were to go wrong.

The question is; Now what do I do? What would you do?
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you could google parts stores to see if you can find them. The ABS light is just an indicator that the ABS system is not active and you only have standard brakes at this time. No ABS control. No need to disconnect it because it is not active at this point. Seems like there would have to be an aftermarket alternative for those sensors though.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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I just took my 1997 Allegro 28' to Lazy Daze because the ABS light is on. It has been on since I had a problem coming down a mountain pass in Mexico. Seems I got the brakes to hot. The brakes work fine the ABS light won't go out. The shop took off the wheels and said that the sensors were fried and the rig would need new ones on the front. I waited for several hours and was told that the sensors for that vehicle (a Chevrolete Chassis) aren't made anymore. Then they tried to sell me a brake job I suppose to keep the revenue up in the shop. I asked if they could disconnect the ABS system and they said no that they might be liable if something were to go wrong.

The question is; Now what do I do? What would you do?
The ABS light being on , only indicates that the ABS system no longer functions, you need to make sure your service brakes are working, first and foremost. If the rotors are black or a dark blue, you need brake work done. The pads may be cooked and ready to fall apart.
JMHO. If they didn't explain this to you , take it to another shop, tell them your not worried about ABS operation , you just want an estimate on the service brakes, get the service brakes working 100%. then pull the fuses on the ABS yourself.
The ABS system is stacked on top of the service brakes, in order to stop your vehicle quicker in certain situations , icy roads, panic stops, it will cycle the brakes on and off to allow you to retain control ; steering ; instead of skidding.
Millions of vehicles still on the road without ABS systems, yes they are important in certain situations, and the shop can't disconnect them for you. But are they important for the safe operation of your unit.
JMHO. If your regular brakes are good , NO.
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I am going to check with another shop just to be on the safe side about the regular brakes as for the ABS system I'll ask around some other shops about who can fix it if not that fuse is coming out.
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Get a 2nd opinion, You can get wheel speed sensors for a 97 Chevy chassis, they just didn't want to look for them. I would not recommend not fixing it, it's a nice feature that you hopefully never need.
High Quality Chevrolet P30 ABS Speed Sensor at Partstrain.com
These are for a 97 p30 IDK what chassis is under your Alegro but I'm sure we can find them.
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