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Old 03-01-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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My ABS inop and ASR lights keep coming on and it will say low traction from time to time and make it hard to stop. I removed the ABS fuse so it wouldn't do it but was wondering how safe it actually is to drive the car like this. Around town isn't a big deal but what about the track? The car should trap 140 to 150. Is it going to be unsafe with the ABS fuse out to try and stop at the end of the track?
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Typically an abs light will come from a failing wheel speed sensor which can be caused by a bad wheel bearing.

You won't notice any difference in non emergency braking situations

However I think of car maintenance as snow *****. I would reccomend fixing the problem first, before you have multiple issues and the abs not working becomes forgotten
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Thanks and I agree and plan on getting it taken care of I just dont drive it that much and would like to go to the track soon and was curious as to if it would be an issue on the big end with the fuse pulled.

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Anyone have any thoughts on this? I am basically just curious as to if it will be ok to run this car at the track with no ABS and trapping north of 140.
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Your brakes will function perfectly normal with ABS disabled. Just know that without ABS, if you slam on the brakes too hard, they will lock up until you let off the pedal.
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I dont have ABS, dont even notice of course I dont trap that fast but if I ever do I wont be reinstalling it.
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Ok thanks guys. That's what I was curious about.
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Its normal at road race track days for folks to pull the ABS fuse so they can learn control.. The ABS won't let many cars get as close to the limits as is usually wanted to learn racing..
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Sorry thought I responded to it in my response. Your car will be fine without abs.

Track cars typically remove the abs system to get to the very edge of locking the tires under extreme braking.

I remember an article of sport compact car where they tested an ls1 fbody against a 3rd Gen ls swapped rx7. The fbody "tied" their performance tests, it tested figure 8, stopping from 60, quarter mile, and their test track times. The fbody destroyed the stopping time of the rx7 because of the abs braking system, and beat it in the quarter mile.


So your brakes will work exactly like the always do, except now when you stamp as hard as you can on the brake pedal the tires will lock up. You'll still stop, the abs system just helps you stop a little faster without smoking and flat spotting the tires
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Thanks, that makes me feel a little easier.
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ABS is for Women drivers that stomp the brake pedal in emergency situations. It pulsates the calipers to keep the brakes from locking up. You do not really need it imo.
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with those stock brakes you would be luck to lock them up at 140. they will fade pretty quick. You would need a gm tech2 i believe to find out what wheel sensor is at fault, if at all. I would inspect the front hubs and clean the reluctor wheels and sensors in the rear. My rear sensor magnets had a lot of fine metallic brake particles covering it.

Also check to see if your exhaust is overheating the 5volt wires running to the sensors in the rear.
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