1998 Dodge Dakota Brake light & ABS light stay on &

Tiny
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  • 1998 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 91,000 MILES
When I started my truck today my brake light & ABS light on my dash stayed on. Also my speedometer was not working at all from 0 to 20 miles per hour (mph). It appears to be reading properly from 20 mph and faster. The transmission seems to be shifting properly at all speeds. I was told by a service station that it might be a speed sensor. Is this a speed sensor problem and if so, which speed sensor is it?
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009 AT 3:10 PM

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Tiny
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There is one vss. It could cause the problem with the speedo, but I question it has anything to do with the ABS.

What I recommend is taking the truck to a nationally recognized parts store and have them scan the computer for codes. If the light is on, there will be a trouble code stored in the computer. Then, you'll know where the problem is coming from. NOTE: Most of these parts stores will scan the computer for free, so there is no money out of pocket to identify the problem.

Let me know what you find
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009 AT 10:27 PM
Tiny
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When I started my truck today my brake light & ABS light on my dash stayed on. Also my speedometer was not working at all from 0 to 20 miles per hour (mph). It appears to be reading properly from 20 mph and faster. The transmission seems to be shifting properly at all speeds. I was told by a service station that it might be a speed sensor. I drove my truck over to an auto parts store and they hooked up a scanner to the computer on my truck and found no codes, probably because the "check engine light" was not on, only the ABS & brake lights were on. I then went over to a auto repair shop and they looked for codes and they told me that the codes they found only indicate a place for them to start diagnosing the problem, that the codes do not tell them the exact problem. I do not know if I believe that or not. The shop wanted about $85 to diagnose the problem. Where should I go from here?
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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 AT 1:16 PM
Tiny
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At this point, I would recommend having them check it. Without a code, anything I say will be an opinion. I still feel it has something to do with the VSS but can't guarantee it with checking it.
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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 AT 6:09 PM

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