Check the ABS sensor lead (wire with magnetic pick-up unit) that goes into the top of your wheel bearing. (The toothed ring for the ABS is inside the wheel bearing). If the sensor is not reading the ring, it will tell the ABS unit that a wheel is slipping (when it is not), causing the ABS to activate just before you come to a stop. I had the same issue with my 2000, the wheel bearing was fine, there just was an issue where the bearing housing where the ABS sensor bolted to it had rust underneath the sensor where it bolts to the bearing housing. Just a mm of rust threw the sensor out of range making the ABS system think that the wheel was locking up. (Common problem where the city uses salt on roads). I thought I had to replace a wheel bearing ($$$$$) but just carefully pulled the sensor out, cleaned the corrosion off the housing and re-inserted the sensor. No more problems.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 AT 8:03 AM