1992 Honda Passport ABS?

Tiny
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  • 1992 HONDA PASSPORT
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 54,000 MILES
In May 2008, I had new brakes, front and rear installed by a trusted mechanic. Weather has been dry, so it was weeks before I drove it after a heavy rain. Then, I was going down a small hill at about 15 miles an hour. Started applying the brakes, car began to slow down normally. No sliding, no fishtailing. Then, suddenly, there was a loud noise like rocks crunching against metal and the wheels just kept rolling. Again, no sliding or locked wheels, they just kept rolling. I was approaching another car, so I cut to the right and the car finally stopped inches before I rear-ended the person in front of me. The rest of the way home, the brakes worked perfectly, so I thought maybe the brakes were just wet. They continued to work perfectly for three weeks until the next rain. At that time, I was approaching a traffic light on a flat street, slowing down to 20 mph or less, brakes working perfectly. Then, the rocks/metal crunching sound and the wheels kept rolling. This time, I had more distance between me and the car ahead, so I was eventually able to stop. That was 3 weeks ago and the brakes have worked perfectly since then, even in wet weather. No ABS light or any other other light. What's going on? Seems like the problem might be ABS since it only happens when the street is wet. Might something have been reinstalled incorrectly after the brake job?
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Monday, September 1st, 2008 AT 6:21 PM

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Tiny
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If it were me, I would take it back to the shop that did the brakes. ONLY if they are capable of troubleshooting ABS. The codes need to be checked.

When you first turn the key on does the ABS light illuminate during it's self-check?

It kind of sounds like a false abs situation is happening. Not sure if 92 can be monitored with a scanner or not. The tough thing with this one is that is is so intermittant. This is a 92 correct?
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Monday, September 1st, 2008 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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Put the wrong year in the question!
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Monday, September 1st, 2008 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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Sorry - it's a 2002, not a 1992. Do you think I am in danger driving it carefully (keeping a better distance, etc) until I can get it back to the mechanic? Now, when it's wet out, I do a couple of sudden-stop tests in the driveway and in front of my house before I get into traffic.
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Monday, September 1st, 2008 AT 6:53 PM
Tiny
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Also, the ABS does light up and go out when the car is started.
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Monday, September 1st, 2008 AT 6:54 PM
Tiny
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LOL....kinda thought that....passport wan't available then.

Good news on the intermittant side of it is there is a tsb that may help:
It states....


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/30961_paass_1.jpg



I am thinking that there is a front sensor going out and the ABS unit is thinking it is going into a skid, so it engages. This can be monitored with a scanner to determine which one. There may or may not be codes to work from. Possibly the sensor may be able to be ohm checked to see if it is in spec.

Since dampness may play into this,, the connector and harnesses should be looked at.
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Monday, September 1st, 2008 AT 7:01 PM

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