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Old 01-07-2013, 09:38 PM
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I bought my truck about 4 months ago (96 1500 4x4) and shortly after i bought it, the brake light and abs light came on, the only issue I've noticed is that the truck pulls to the right under medium or hard braking, initially, if i let off the brake and press it again, there is no issue. I've read on some other forums that it could possibly be a bad hose, calliper, drum in general something with the brakes. I was also reading that it could be the sensor on the rear diff causing the lights to be on. I also read that i could be the VSS, because my cruise control doesn't work and it said that that no functioning could cause the brake lights to come on along with no cruise control. I have yet to get under the truck and really check thoroughly, I'm in Chicago and it's a bit cold out.

I was just wondering if anyone had some more insight or possibly the same issue.
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The pulling is going to be an issue with the front brakes, be it a caliper, hose or even some binding of the pads in the caliper bracket. Don't go randomly throwing parts at the ABS. Get the codes pulled from it first and then diagnose the problem.
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I tried running codes today, but it only gave me 55... I guess I'll just have to take it in and get it read and do some inspecting myself, once I have some time.
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Replace the ABS sensor on the top left side of the rear differential, shop around a bit, the price on this varies tremendously, mine cost 16 dollars, but I could have paid $70, remove the nut holding the brake line clamp, gingerly remove the clamp, and remove the stud,(looks like another nut) gently work the sensor out, it doesn't come willingly, because it is sealed with a compressed o'ring. grease up the new sensors' oring when installing the new one, and gently work it back and forth while pushing it back down in the hole to avoid ripping the new oring. 10 minute job, and it isn't rocket science, just remember gentle as possible, around the brake line. it should extinguish both lights. as far as pulling, or hard to push brakes, on Dodges, it seems this always leads to caliper replacements, and always change em both at the same time!!!
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Thank you very much.

I'll have to pick up a new sensor and get it replaced soon... as for the calipers, I'll get to them as soon as I get the time to have a good look at them and have more funds to buy some new calipers.
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From 38 to 58 $ on rockauto.com, I think I bought mine on ebay, been in there for a couple of years, no more grief. You are getting pulling on your first hit on the brake pedal, and no pulling on 2nd andconsecutive hits, means you have air in the side away from the pulling on the first hit. gravity bleeding works fine on the fronts, simply open the bleeder if it will turn, and remove it and ensure dirt isn't plugging it, and by the time you put it back in, you'll probably have cured the bleed issue. (remember to remove the master cylinder cap before removing the bleeder nut, and replacing it after , and never ever allow either half of the master cylinder to go empty) a hard pedal or a hot wheel (well, hotter than the opposing wheel) means you need calipers. I've never been able to fix a hanging caliper
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