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The ABS light comes on when my 2004 Jeep Cherokee is started and stays on while driving. What can be the cause of this and are my brakes still safe?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Sandra, When your abs light is on, your anti lock brake features do not function. I recommend you have your brake system inspected for further diagnostics.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Sandra, As long as the ABS light is on, this part of your braking system is turned off by the jeeps computer. You still have brakes, just no ABS. I recommend getting your brakes looked at by a trained auto technician.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube The brakes are safe but the additional safety on slippery surfaces is not. You need a professional to check it.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at There could be something wrong with your ABS module/system. This is usually an expensive issue. Your brake system will function properly but you won't have the ABS option anymore.

Helaine Kurot, Owner/Technician at 360 Automotive Your base braking system will still have normal operation (as long as the red brake light is not on). Your abs system may not work. There are many causes for the abs light to come on. Your best bet is to take it to a shop and have it properly diagnosed. A true scan tool is need for this. A generic code reader will not go into the abs module.

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