abs engaging prematurely

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      so this is on my 1998 gmc sierria k1500 4×4. Ive had this problem for awhile. It seams to happion when I’m comming to a stop (under 5mph) I changed both frount abs sencers (the only 2) The replacement sencers where acdelco (gm oem) I beleave from what I have herd the rear uses just one that the speedometer uses. any way it still happions. there is no abs light on. it happions alot like 1 in 5 times I push the peddel.

      I have removed the fuse for safty. especally since I almost ran into the back of some one. I mean its litterly fighting me to stop. Just to be clear I am on dry pavment and making slow stops.

      Whith the fuse removed every time I start the truck no abs light is on untill I make a few stops than it comes on.

      I have no way for checking for abs codes, but I was kinda thinking no light=no codes.

      I was hoping to fix it my self. but if I had to. I was thinking about taking it to the dealership. or a local shop witch I trust more, but I did not know if the local shop would have the equipment to fix it.

      but ya winter is comming up and I kinda need that. and sorry about my spelling I cant get spell check to work….

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        Since the ABS light is coming on after a few stops, I strongly recommend you take it to a shop and read out the codes – that should tell you exactly what’s wrong (or at least point you in the right direction). It’s going to be a lot cheaper in the long run even if you have to pay the shop to read the code vs. throwing money at it by guessing at what parts to replace.

        I wouldn’t worry about them having the right equipment – if they have the equipment to work on modern cars they should be able to pull codes out of any module. Let us know what the code is and maybe we can help out.


          The code is coming on because you have the fuse pulled. At this point you really need to get the system checked out, even if only for a diagnosis. I don’t even mess with ABS since I don’t have the equipment. Since I currently am doing mobile repairs, I have turned down 4 or 5 ABS jobs because it is not worth messing around with blindly, due to the nature of importance the system holds.


            NO THE ABS LIGHT DOES NOT COME ON!!! untill I removed the fuse for my safty. I could drive all over with the fuse in and the abs would freek out every few stops and no light would come on.

            so does no light = no codes.


              Having a scan tool to activate the ABS would be very helpful here.

              I would take it to a qualified technician to have it diagnosed then waste money throwing parts at it.

              Good luck.


                +1 on dreamer.

                With a scantool you can ‘see’ what each speed sensor is reporting back to the abs unit. I know you said you replaced some of them, but it may be the wiring, the reluctor ring, etc. You need to know what the module is seeing.

                EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy

                  Yea the system is set up with a self diagnostic to help you find the problem so you don’t have to blindly replace parts, my recomendation is to seek out someone with a scan tool capable of reading the ABS codes, reinstall the fuse and get the ABS light to come on then pull the code to see what it says, that way you will KNOW where to look instead of just guessing. There really are no short cuts here sorry.


                    hey pope: I had a similar problem on my 96 honda. turns out I had chipped one of the teeth on the “tone ring” that the wheel sensor reads to determine wheel speed. Since one the wheels had less teeth for the sensor to pick up, the computer figured one of the wheels was turning more slowly than the others and it would activate the abs function. So I suggest you check the tone rings on all the wheels and make sure they aren’t damaged.


                      You don’t always get a code when this happens!
                      Why? Because the module thinks the tire is actually slipping and the module is acting based on the software program is written. Meaning the system thinks the tire has encountered a skid on ice,gravel,mud etc.
                      Nonetheless the module thinks there is a valid cause but not an error.

                      You need a graphing scanner to watch for the signal fall out.

                      Does this vehicle have four wheel abs? and if so check and tell me if there is only two front sensors?

                      These things are a royal pain in the arse but I would check the integrated tone rings, make sure the sensors are seating all the way down in the hub and there is no debris collected on the tip of the sensors.

                      I always use a DSO to find these problems because you find it easily with that type of tool but a GM Tech2 will work if you have one handy.

                      If you suspect a tone ring you can buy a MOOG hub bearing that will come with a new sensor as well but don’t buy those cheap bearings unless you want to do it again.


                        Did you clean the rust down to bare steel where the sensor sits on the hub? 9 times out of 10 it’s actually the rust that builds up under the sensor that causes the problems. It affects the air gap between the sensor and the reluctor which gives false wheel speed sensor readings. A bit more rust on the opposite side will give a different speed than the other side, the ABS module things the one wheel is slipping and engages the ABS. There’s actually a recall on the 99-02 GM trucks for this concern.


                          Great job and thanks for the update!V-)


                            I fixed this a long time ago thought I would give a update. one of my hub assemblies had a lot of play in it. I replaced the hub. works great now.

                            Thank you every one for your help.


                              Thanks for posting the fix and using the ETCG forums!

                              EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy

                                Yea thanks for coming back and posting the fix it will go on to help others using the search function. Thanks for using the ETCG forum.

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