Pontiac Grand Am ABS Light After Pads And Rotors Replaced

1999 Pontiac Grand Am ABS light comes on intermittently when driving car. Repairs done prior = Replaced front brake pads and rotors.

Question:
Just wondering what would be the likely cause to make the ABS light come on right after replacing the front pads and rotors. Is the sensor on the caliper very sensitive and easily damaged when replacing pads?

Any information would be helpful. Have replaced many brakes and never ran into this problem.

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ANSWER:

The sensors are part of the hub, and are not that sensitive, unless you had to really hammer on the rotors to get them off. Speed sensors fail as any other component can fail.

You may also want to check the harness from the back of the sensor to the body. Pull off plastic cover, they have been known to have the wires break inside the insulation.

Just give a tug on each of the two wires at the connector and up the harness and look to see if the wire is stretching. To be sure it is a front sensor problem, you will need to have the system scanned for ABS codes.


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