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Old 15 Nov 2009, 04:50 pm
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May be a braindead kind of question, but is there a way to tell which kind of brakes I have? (normal or ABS?)

Every car I've had previously that had ABS had logos somewhere inside the car that said so, this one doesn't and I know it was optional, but since this was previously owned by a rental company, they *might* have ordered the ABS for fleet insurance reasons and mine act like they're ABS, but I have nothing that actually says and I can't get any info from the original dealer (even though they're just down the road from me and I've been there in person)

Anyway, does it matter really? Would I need different pads or something if they are?
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Old 15 Nov 2009, 06:12 pm
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Same pads, hint: get ceramic. IF you do have ABS you should have a symbol that shows up when you turn the key on. I will show up in the center gage pod.
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Old 15 Nov 2009, 09:18 pm
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May be a braindead kind of question, but is there a way to tell which kind of brakes I have? (normal or ABS?)

Every car I've had previously that had ABS had logos somewhere inside the car that said so, this one doesn't and I know it was optional, but since this was previously owned by a rental company, they *might* have ordered the ABS for fleet insurance reasons and mine act like they're ABS, but I have nothing that actually says and I can't get any info from the original dealer (even though they're just down the road from me and I've been there in person)

Anyway, does it matter really? Would I need different pads or something if they are?
You probably don't. If you do, the top of your master cylinder will look like it has a large spider sitting on it.
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Old 16 Nov 2009, 02:45 am
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hmm. Thanks, Guys.

I'll go look at the car better.
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Old 16 Nov 2009, 09:13 am
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And below the radio - do you have a TRAC switch? Traction control usually came with ABS.
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Old 16 Nov 2009, 08:08 pm
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Take a look at the outboard ends of your front axle shafts, if there is a tone wheel (a metallic gear-like ring with rectangular teeth) you have ABS.
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Old 16 Nov 2009, 08:17 pm
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And I always thought ABS was only available with 4 disc brakes... not with 2 disk & 2 drum.
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Old 16 Nov 2009, 10:10 pm
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It probably is, but it didn't occur to me to look at the back brakes.
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Old 17 Nov 2009, 06:27 am
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And I always thought ABS was only available with 4 disc brakes... not with 2 disk & 2 drum.
That WAS the case, 'till about '05 - then they offered ABS with front disk & rear drum, or with 4-wheel Disk (for even moe money).
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