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Old 12-31-2009, 12:55 AM
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This might be a slightly stupid question, but I can't really seem to find a "concrete" answer. My truck doesn't have ABS? I have an ABS light that comes on when I first start the truck, then it goes off... I have a relay and/or a fuse for ABS (that appears good, by the way) and I have yet to experience ABS... I just slide. I wasn't too surprised because my previous Dodge, an '03 Neon, also didn't have ABS - But it was because it wasn't equipped with it. I would've thought that ABS was pretty much standard equipment on every vehicle anymore.

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It is pretty standard. My truck has it and it's configured with two sensors on the front, one single sensor at the back.

If in a really hard stop you aren't feeling any pulsing in your brake pedal, it may not be working properly. Get thee to a dealer or a good shop that can diagnose ABS systems.
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You may just have rear wheel ABS instead of 4 wheel ABS.
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You can pretty much figure you have ABS . I haven't seen a Dodge truck that doesn't have atleast rear wheel abs . If your sliding , it may be nothing that even the ABS can control .
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The only reason that I ask is that the first time I drove the truck when I figured I'd experience the ABS, it was in pretty icy circumstances. I've only had the truck a little over two months so this is my first winter. I approached the end of my street and it was pretty much pure ice... I slid about 10 feet and didn't feel any typical pulsing or "vibrating" feeling that I've felt in other vehicles that I've driven that had ABS. It kinda' shocked me as I slowly slid to the stop sign. lol

I'll have to play around a bit more on random slippery surfaces, like I'll try it in fluffy snow, packed snow, slush, and then ice... But I should feel some kinda' of resistance or pulsation in the brake pedal, right?
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I'll have to play around a bit more on random slippery surfaces, like I'll try it in fluffy snow, packed snow, slush, and then ice... But I should feel some kinda' of resistance or pulsation in the brake pedal, right?
You should. ABS relies on the ability of the wheel to regain traction after the slide starts. The pulse you feel is the brakes modulating on and off. The truck will brake as hard as it can until a skid starts, release the brakes to regain traction and then begin braking again. All this happens several times/second (much faster than you could pump the pedal yourself). It is possible that you were on such a slippery surface that you couldn't regain traction and that made it appear as though the ABS wasn't working.
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I have had that same thing happen to me more than once. Sometimes in a real slippery situation you wont feel the ABS. You will find like barnyard said if you go through a area thats slick and dry slick and dry .....you will feel like nothing than a grab,pulsing and then nothing. This is because your truck is slidding then grabbing in a short span. If you have any doubts about your ABS or brakes in any aspect, you should get it checked out. When you think about it its the most valuable thing in your truck besides yourself, family, friends.
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If the ABS wasn't working or had a sensor failure your ABS light would be on .
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If the ABS wasn't working or had a sensor failure your ABS light would be on .
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I'll try to experiment a little more on random surfaces like I mentioned and make sure everything seems alright. It was pretty much on a solid sheet of ice when it wasn't working for me and like others said, maybe the surface was just "too icy" for ABS to even do anything.

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Same problem.Found out I only have rear ABS. Rear ABS only is crap! Ford and Chevy stopped using it in the mid 90`s!
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