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Old December 11th, 2016, 07:49
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98 xj sport goofy abs

First time xj owner and forum user. So heres my symptoms , I've noticed that the brake pedal is stiff when you first get in it without starting the motor, yesterday the abs would come on under moderate brake pressure on dry roads, today we have snow and it won't come on at all, and no ABS light on the dash. I haven't checked fuses or anything yet just looking for a good place to start. Thank you!
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Old December 12th, 2016, 09:29
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Re: 98 xj sport goofy abs

does the abs light turn on when you first turn the key on?

the abs works by detecting wheel speed. if one locks up it will trigger.

once had a ford that would not detect wheel speed slower than 5mph and would always activate when braking. never triggered a light for that.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 09:58
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Re: 98 xj sport goofy abs

My 97 XJ's antilock never works very well and one day the ABS light came on.
There is very little information available for troubleshooting the ABS system.
After screwing with it for a few months, I fixed the problem by dumping the D35 and building a 8.25 axle, to replace it.
8.25 XJs do not have ABS or an easy way of installing the sensors on each side of the rear axle.
Cured the ABS light by pulling the fuse..good riddance.

Best advice is to inspect each wheel's sensor for damage, clean each sensors plug and any plug that is part of the ABS system. Check the ABS fuse.
Both XJs are still Real XJs
01 Sport, 4.6L Russ Pottenger. stroker, AW4, 4" lift, 33 X 10.50 KM2, 4.56-8.25 TruTrac, D-30-E-Locker with alloy shafts, Hidden M8000 winch, Vanco front and ZJ rear disc brakes, Frame stiffeners, Lots of armor, Towing baseplate.
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