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Old 02-11-2010, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ABS Light, Car shakes violently

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Looking for some help. I drove my car home from work last night, no problems. I was there for approximately 20 mins before I left again and when I got in the car and started driving, it started to shake... like really bad... unable to drive it anymore bad. After a few seconds of this shaking, the ABS light chimed on, as well as the e brake light. Any ideas as to what this could be? Wheel bearing??? I dunno
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Noticed you live in Edmonton, and knowing what their weather is like now....It could be some ice build up inside the wheel. Had that on my truck, and it was brutal until i cleaned the wheels up well. Give that a look/ try first, then if that doesnt help...so some easy preliminary actions, like checking the brake fluid, making sure there is no brake fluid dripping on the ground... and just driving the car at an optimum speed, then compressing the clutch and feeling for any vibrations or unusual noises.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Same thing happened to me last January.
It's ice / snow build up, throwing the wheel way out of balance.

Take it to a warm place for a few hours, and it will fix it right up.
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Do you really think it could happen in such a short period of time though? It was fine and then 20 mins later it was unable to even be driven its shaking so badly...
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Do you really think it could happen in such a short period of time though? It was fine and then 20 mins later it was unable to even be driven its shaking so badly...
Oh yeah... it only takes a few minutes.
The heat from the tires will melt off the snow slurry on the inside of the rims, and it only takes a few minutes to freeze on there hard enough to shake the car.
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That would be excellent if that is all it is! Thanks man I'll have to check it out when I get off work... after I figure out how the hell I'm getting home that is haha
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What would trigger the ABS and brake light if thats what it is? Ice on the sensors or something like that? or just the shaking itself?
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I'm not sure what causes that... maybe the shaking... but my light came on as well.
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If the weight from the ice or whatever is extreme enough to scare you into stopping the car, odds are it is enough to mess with the wheel speed sensors. I've seen lots of things they don't like, but they are far more forgiving than transfer cases can be...
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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And, the fact that the e-brake light and ABS light came on together is also a good indicator that ice was pretty much all you have going on. You will experience ice accumulation both front and back, so that means you should see your ABS light kick on for the front and the e-brake light for the back. Good luck!
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