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    Are there any drawbacks from pulling the ABS fuse? I've heard of so much crap coming from the ABS system on the OBS chevy's that I just don't want to deal with it. Would my normal brakes still work properly?
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    About the only drawback is....you wont have ABS, and you get a dash light telling you so...

    The only time ive ever heard of abs not being useful is offroad because offroad (sand, mud, dirt, etc) material will build up in front of a locked tire - such is not the case on pavement, hence the need for abs.

    I cant remember who but a guy here wired a switch on the ABS fuse so he could flip it off and have ABS disabled, then flip it back on and hes back to normal. He said he only used it offroad.
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Does your ABS work properly now? Do you drive primarily on pavement? If yes/yes, leave it hooked up. Unless you have a good reason to disable it, why break something thats not broken?

    The primary culprit for the ABS system is bad sensors. I know this. My ABS has always worked fine till a few weeks ago. One of my wheel sensors has deceased (damn Chinese parts ) so now my abs system doesn't work at all. And I have this wonderful ABS light looking at me on my dash. This will be replaced shortly and all will be well again.
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    pulled my fuse as soon as i got my tahoe. brakes work fine just no abs. I just pulled mine because i never liked abs. ya the dash light is on but i can live with it

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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Just curious what happens when the ABS system tends to "cycle"?
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    What about bleeding the brakes with an ABS system anything special?
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStarZ71
    What about bleeding the brakes with an ABS system anything special?
    nope, nothing different
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    The only drawback is the light will be on but you can remove the bulb if it really bothers you. The best part is ABS will not bother you and your brakes will still function like they should. I hate the ABS on mine. Its too sensative and IMO doesn't help slow things down at all. To each his own.
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by oldred95
    The only drawback is the light will be on but you can remove the bulb if it really bothers you. The best part is ABS will not bother you and your brakes will still function like they should. I hate the ABS on mine. Its too sensative and IMO doesn't help slow things down at all. To each his own.
    You may not think it slows you down fast enough, but there is physics behind ABS. It takes more energy to overcome initial friction then it does to overcome all the friction after that point. If you've got a large heavy box you need to push across the floor, the hardest part will be getting it moving, after that it will only get easier (the limitation then being your energy to push it). ABS takes advantage of that "initial friction" by repeating it over and over. As someone who first learned how to drive in place where there is snow on the ground 6 months out of the yeah, I know for a fact ABS makes a hell of a difference. That being said the main benefit of ABS is not shorter stopping distaces, but being able to keep control instead of skidding out of control. When your front wheels lock up, it doesn't matter where you turn the steering wheel, wheels that aren't rotating don't provide any direction. ABS keeps them rotating so that your vehicle still goes where you point it.

    That being said, the ABS on my truck has been out for 2 years now. I do get a little nervous about it when the ground is wet, not so much me, but the other retards down here in DFW. Also having done a rear end swap with bigger brakes, it throws the braking system out of proportion so my truck jack knifes a lot.
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    That's some good info to know, thanks. But what does "cycling" and "IMO" mean?
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by LoneStarZ71
    That's some good info to know, thanks. But what does "cycling" and "IMO" mean?
    IMO In My Opinion

    ABS cycling, applying and releasing brake fluid pressure to keep the brake from locking up, thus allowing you to stop substantially faster even on dry pavement.

    I have done ABS and non-ABS testing in my truck, ABS stops you in a much shorter distance, plus with ABS you still have maximum braking WHILE avoiding a possible collision. You cant steer while under maximum braking with a non-ABS equipped vehicle.

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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    I thought about doing the same thing on the Tahoe... Cause every time I am pulling the trailer with a load/ jeep or nothing and I hit the brakes while on a bumpy/ crappie road the pedal starts to bounce up and down along with truck starts sliding cause have no brakes? SUCKS

    no air in the lines and fluid levels are hight, but this only happens when pulling the trailer? loaded or unloaded kind of out of ideas unless I pull the ABS out!
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Pulling the ABS fuse or otherwise disabling the system is a bonehead move.......IMO.......


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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    My ABS almost cause multiple slow speed acidents due to bad wheel sensors. Now that my fuse is pulled, I have never had anything close to an accident. They really only lock up in the snow/rain, and thats only with a LOT of pressure. With my ABS in, they would constantly lock, push back on the peddal, and not stop the truck at all.
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by bowtieboy42
    My ABS almost cause multiple slow speed acidents due to bad wheel sensors. Now that my fuse is pulled, I have never had anything close to an accident. They really only lock up in the snow/rain, and thats only with a LOT of pressure. With my ABS in, they would constantly lock, push back on the peddal, and not stop the truck at all.
    Until you need teh brakes to work in a panic stop, you'll slide right into whatever is in front of you.

    You have ineffective brakes if you cant lock them up, or if it rakes substantial force to lock them in the rain/snow. With my GM brakes I can lock my fronts at over 75mph.
    My truck "feels" unsafe without ABS.
    I would have cleaned/fixed the sensors, but I dont treat my truck like an amphibious vehicle like you do. lol

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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    If you were to get into an accident and your insurance company finds out the fuse was pulled you will be in some chit. I too hate ABS brakes.

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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    I've only got rear ABS on mine and I have yet to figure out what that is...?


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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    Quote Originally Posted by neevnav
    I've only got rear ABS on mine and I have yet to figure out what that is...?
    I think the rear ABS is a marketing ploy, my dad had the same thing on his 94 W/T and neither of us were able to get them to work. The rear end would lock solid though, just not "pulsate" like they were supposed to.
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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    In my truck it doesnt have any ABS that i know of. I have no sensors at any wheel and etc...
    Should i have ABS?

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    Re: Pulling ABS Fuse, Drawbacks?

    1994 has rear ABS only, as described above...
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