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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
In order to really troubleshoot correctly, You've got to go through a series of processes of elimination. A Haynes Repair Manual for your Make and Model will help you do just that. I have owned several used cars and there's always something to fix on them on a fairly regular basis. Getting to know your machine is the best long term solution. In order to do that, you need help. A Haynes Manual or your own in residence mechanic will give you many solutions to many things that could go wrong. What you are describing could be a few different things: bad gas, condensation in the gas lines, electrical, wiring problems, etc... We could go several directions and none of them be the right rabbit trail. Each Haynes Repair Manual has a Troubleshooting Section to help you go through, methodically each area that it could be and eliminate what it is not, until you painfully (after much time and sometimes frustration) get to the right thing. Good Luck!
Posted on Jul 11, 2008
Try cleaning your ABS senors. They are located on the back side of your brake roters. The each senor reads how fast each tire is turning and if there is a big difference between the four your ABS will kick on.
Posted on Mar 18, 2009
Sounds like you have a typical case of loose fan/alternator belt or bad alternator.
If the belt is not tight enough with the engine idling the engine cant turn the belt fast enough on the alternators pulley, thus causing a low volts output from the charging terminal of the alternator, and this can cause all the funk you are describing. Put a test on the charging system, at least a 12volt DC digital hand held voltmeter across the battery terminals set it to 20 volts DC and let the car idle...if the voltage drops to 12.5 volts or less the belt may be loose or the alternator may be defective.
To check the alternator belt, shut off the engine and remove the key from the ignition to avoid an accident, try turning the alternator pulley if it turns by hand without turning the fan belt, its too loose, also if you can't reach the pulley, check the belt for too much slack, with it running and lights on etc. look at the belt as it turns(dont touch!!) does it appear to be jumping? this would indicate it is too loose, tighten it with proper ratchet and socket size, and pry 16" bar and try volt testing again, the meter charge rate should read 13.5-14.5 volts idling with all lights on etc., if not then the alternator is the culprit.
Never attempt changing any electrical part like an alternator, starter motor, etc without first disconnecting the battery the alternator should come off with the removal of two mounting bolts, one thru bolt may be 5/8" hex or its metric counterpart 15mm hex at the alternators base(sometimes refered to as the "pivot" bolt) approx. 6" long, one belt adjuster bolt, either 1/2" or 9/16" or its metric counterpart 13 or 14 mm, one electrical plug easy clip pull type, and the out put wire has one nut either 3/3" or 7/16 " hex or its metric counterpart of #10 mm.
Be sure to clean the battery terminals using a baking soda mix and be wearing your eye protective googles.
Reinstall using the reverse proceedures and walla, you are back in business.
You may have to charge the battery before putting the vehicle back into service, and me as a ruke, i generally don't keep a battery longer then 5 years old, but that is just my theory, I don't want to get stuck during a road trip or bad weather or both having a battery problem because they erupt without notice at times.
Posted on Jun 09, 2010
SOURCE: the ABS light came on
ABS is your anti-lock brake system. The system uses sensors on the wheels to detect slippage while braking and then modulates the brake pressure to prevent a skid. The heart of the system is usually in the engine compartment somewhere near the brake master cylinder.
When the ABS light comes on and stays on, the system has detected a fault and shut itself off. Your regular brakes will still work when this happens, but you will have to have the ABS scanned at a brake shop to determine what is wrong with it.
When the ABS light comes on only briefly, this may indicate low voltage to the system, perhaps caused by a weak alternator. If your battery light also comes on, have the alternator tested.
If you have more questions, please let us know.
Posted on Dec 12, 2010
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