Warning Chimes

pontiac
aztek

#1

I just disabled the ABS on my 2002 Pontiac Aztek and it was GM’s brilliant idea to include a constant ding-ding-ding warning chime letting me know that I don’t have ABS. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could turn that off before I drive off a bridge listening to it? I have an hour long commute daily and I won’t be able to handle this for long!


#2

It should be a plug-in type chime so reach under the dash until you find it and unplug it.


#3

My suggestion is to undo what you did. Why would you want to disable it?


#4

Well, my ABS seems to be working overtime. It cycles (low hum/vibration that i can hear and feel in my feet on the pedals) for 3-5 seconds after every bump, dip and pothole. It is also making me feel like I am out of control when I break (on dry pavement), it is working like I would expect it to on ice when I start sliding, but it is doing it in normal driving conditions. I feel like I don’t have control of how fast my car stops because it kicks in and takes over for me when it doesn’t need to. I don’t feel safe driving WITH the ABS and I don’t plan to drop $1500 to fix the problem. We have driven plenty of cars without ABS so I am not worried much about not having the ABS system to begin with.


#5

Depending on the laws in your state you may have no choice since it probably can’t pass a safety inspection w/ an ABS system problem.

What leads you to believe that you need to drop $1500 to fix it? Have you actually had anyone diagnose the problem and provide an estimate? You don’t need to go to a dealer. You can go to any reputable local shop (not a corporate chain) - preferably one that specializes in brakes. Not all ABS system problems are crazy or expensive.

I don’t know the Aztek but many GM vehicles have wheel speed sensors embedded in wheel bearings, and when there is a wheel bearing problem the ABS goes funky. Wheel bearing problems are dangerous. At the very least, have a shop check out your bearings and sensor connections.


#6

ABS is not part of a New York State Inspection. All that light is telling you is that there is a problem with the abs so it has turned itself off and has reverted to standard braking. I have a 2002 Town and Country with abs and a 2004 PT Cruiser without it.
I can’t get excited about spending money on my older car to stop it from driving like my newer car.


#7

In NH all safety systems and devices manufactured into the car must be in proper working order in order to pass as safety inspection.

I’m wondering of that “$1500” is based on an actual quote or a guess. Probably the most common problem with ABS systems is cheap to fix…a sensing ring or a speed sensor gets dirty or goes bad. I’ve attached a drawing to illustrate.

http://www.automotive-res.com/how-anti-lock-braking-system-works/

Has the problem been diagnosed?