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I've finally gotten the paperwork done and our 06 on the road. It seems to have been a good buy, but I'm on a steep learning curve.

I swapped the front tires, which are directional, and the noise when stopping is much less. I suspect a better choice in the next set may eliminate the noise.

I did look at the rotors and pads. Pads don't show much wear, but the rotors are fairly worn, but evenly. I'll probably monitor for a while, and replace rotors when the pads need replaced, or if something changes. It stops well, straight, and with no lope, so I'm not keen to fiddle with the system.

BUT - over the weekend my ABS light came on. No hint of trouble. I searched but found only one hit, and it was unrelated. I tried the "key dance," but got nothing I could recognize. If there is a light I didn't find it. Is this car too new for this?

I'd appreciate any input, and will report back if I can get any trouble codes from the O'Reilly's.

Thanks,

Michael
 

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The key-dance is only for engine fault codes, the ABS will require a more specialized scan tool to read its codes. An auto parts store may be able to read these codes.
 

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Thank you. I didn't realize the codes stored and available to me were limited to engine troubles. I'm still adjusting to breakerless ignition.

The O'Reilly's available to me checked and got no codes of any sort, but said I'd need a mechanic or dealer with more detailed equipment to get non-engine related information. They suggested that a little dried mud or an insect part stuck between the sensor and that toothed/splined wheel might be the culprit.

Will post anything I learn that might be helpful.

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How many miles on the tires and what brand are they. Somes tires will just get noisy as they get within a year of
needing to be replaced.

The ABS light does require more than the code reader at the auto parts counter. There is a specific code set
in the ABS computer that will identify the problem. The O'Reilly guy was noting one of the more common
problems and that a visual inspection may reveal the problem. On the front axles, the toothed wheel is found
on the axle just before the disk brake and is the most common point of a sensor failure or a crack in the
tone ring (toothed wheel). The tone rings on the rear wheels is mounted on the bearing hub and is typically
much better protected.

Hope this helps,

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Gerry,

The tires are Cooper Zeon, correct size and the tread is in fair shape. They are directional, and the fronts were mounted backward. I swapped, and the noise is better but still there. I notice no noise or vibration at highway speed, so hope it's just a characteristic of these tires.

I have looked at the ABS rings front and rear, but haven't pulled the sensors to check for trash. I was traveling last week, but hope to have a mechanic I trust check it this week.

Thanks for the information. I'll post if I learn something that might be useful.

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A followup for anyone interested.

I talked with a mechanic I know very well, who has been at this a long time. He told me to disconnect each sensor, add a very light coat of dielectric grease, and reconnect, before I did anything else. He thinks a poor connection is one of the most common reasons for the ABS light to trip.

Before I had the chance, the computer got over it, and the light is out. I'll remember his advice.

Michael
 
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