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How to Turn off the ABS Brake Lights on a 2001 Chevy Silverado

by Tim Petruccio

Silverado was originally a trim level for the Chevrolet C/K-series trucks. The Silverado name replaced the C/K-series monikers altogether in 1999. The 2001 Silverado was available with a multitude of engines and drivetrains, from the base model 1500 to the 3500HD. The anti-lock brake system on the 2001 Silverado was responsible for monitoring all four wheels and the brake system. An ABS trouble light will appear on your dashboard if there is a malfunction in the ABS system.

1

Open the driver's door of the Siilverado. Insert the OBDII scanner plug into the OBDII port under the dashboard. Turn the ignition key to the accessories position. Press the power button on the OBDII ABS-compatible scanner.

2

Select the ABS option from the main screen of the scanner, using the "Up" and "Down" arrow keys to make your selection. Press the "Read" or "Enter" button once you have made your selection. Select your vehicle year, make, and model in this same manner to tell the scanner what type of vehicle it is scanning. Press the "Read" button to scan the truck for ABS codes.

3

Repair the truck based upon the findings of the scanner. The repair could involve something as simple as an ABS sensor in the wheel well, or could be as involved as replacing the entire ABS control module.

4

Install the scanner back into the OBDII port of the Silverado after making the appropriate repairs. Go through the options in each menu to select ABS and then enter your vehicle specifics again. Press the "Erase" button on the scanner. The scanner will prompt you to make sure you want to erase the ABS code(s). Use the arrow keys to select your answer, and press "Erase" again.

Tip

  • Some software manufacturers offer an OBDII and ABS interface for your laptop computer. This software allows you to plug the computer directly into the vehicle, and monitor or make adjustments to the vehicle's computer systems.

Warning

  • Never erase an OBDII engine code or an ABS code without making the relevant repairs to eliminate the source of the code.

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About the Author

Tim Petruccio is a professional writer and automotive mechanic. His writing combines more than 20 years of mechanical experience in automotive service, service management, automotive education and business ownership. He assisted in the automotive beta, which launched March 2011.

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