2001 Chevy S-10 Hit a bump fast=Loss of Steering and Brakin

Tiny
SWEETJAY
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 53,798 MILES
When I hit a bump or a rough patch at any speed over 10mph, the truck temporarily loses all ability to steer and brake. It only lasts about 3-4 seconds but is very scary and I realize that this could potentially be very dangerous. I've taken it to get the brakes checked and repaired and that did not fix the problem. I also heard a suggestion that s-10's needed weight in the back so I purchased a bag of cement to throw in the back but to no avail(after experiencing it, I realized it has nothing to do with either the brakes or the weight dist.). Oh, also you can feel a "studdering" or "jittering" that seems to come from the steering column when the loss of steering and braking happens.
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009 AT 2:53 PM

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Tiny
MASTERTECHTIM
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Jay I think yor prblem is going to be a loose wheel bearing or a bad wheel speed sensor. This is not uncommon. What happens is when slowing down or hitting rough surfaces a wheel speed sensor signal gets lost and drops to 0 mph while the other ones are still reading mph and the abs computer sees this as a skid and applies antilock brakes which will feel like brake pedal is going to the floor and the abs motor sounds as if its coming through the steering column. I would suggest taking it to another repair shop for another opinion because it seems as if the current one is not familiar with this. Gm actually recalled most of these and removed wheel speed sensors and cleaned mounting surfaces and reinstalled to try to relieve this problem
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 7:31 AM
Tiny
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Hey Tim, thanks for your timely response and advice! Invaluable. Jay
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 1:06 PM
Tiny
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So if the problem and the procedure to fix it are in fact exactly what you suspect, assuming that there are no extra complications or curve balls, how much do you think the repair should cost.(Parts and labor). Thankyou again for your last timely response, Jay
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 5:53 PM
Tiny
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It shuold be easy to diagnose for the shop which wheel is it by driving truck with a scan tool attached and watching the wheel speeds. You should expect to pay 1.5 hours labor and 175 dollars for the hub and bearing assembly. The hub comes with the speed sensor in it and this is usually the fix
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Friday, February 13th, 2009 AT 6:29 AM

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