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Old 01-12-2010, 01:18 AM   #1
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Ok again another problem I hope you have insight on. During stopping on the ice the left side wheel or some where in that area it makes a noise like gears being stripped. After I stop i try to go and the TC kicks in and the same noise in there again. Has anyone heard of this problem?

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Old 01-12-2010, 01:32 AM   #2
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I don't have an Aura but that sounds like a normal stop on solid ice. Anti lock brakes get a real work out on pure ice, I once went down a long steep driveway that was basically solid ice in my Ram 3500 I pushed the brake peddle to the floor at least 10 times and it sounded like the wheels were going to fall off. BTW I did set the ABS light. My 95 SL1 also makes quite a racket when stopping on ice.

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:29 AM   #3
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My car does that too. I think it is just the abs doing its job. It sounds like a grinding noise like RRrrRRrrRRrrRRrr. I am pretty sure the traction control uses the abs to make one wheel stop to give it traction. Sounds like a clicking sound almost.

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Old 01-12-2010, 03:48 AM   #4
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Have you ever driven a car with ABS/TC and encountered poor road conditions conducive to ABS activation and felt the immediate "foot massage" in the brake pedal when braking? Some time spent reading your owner's manual may help to descibe what occurs when loss of traction control in braking or acceleration occurs. Many parts of this country with extreme snow/ice/wet roads will have drivers stepping on their brakes and suddenly feel their brake pedal vibrating along with unusual noises under the hood, directly by the brake master cylinder area; the ABS motor activating and several ABS brake valves rapidly opening and closing causing the loud vibrations. All to help regain traction control while stopping without sliding or skidding off the road. Once understood, it will be a warning of overspeeding in poor road conditions. Tread very lightly where driving in these conditions.

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Old 01-12-2010, 08:33 AM   #5
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I don't know exactly what sound you're hearing so I can't tell you if it's normal or not, but ABS and TC are not quiet systems. They do make a decent amount of noise.


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Old 01-12-2010, 09:12 AM   #6
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I have never heard the noise before the ice came so I dont know if its normal. My ford Escape has ABS but I never hear any noise from the engine bay like the AURA has. I do feel the "foot message in both. Thx for the post its helps tremendously.

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Its not unusual for the majority of drivers never driving above posted speed limits and then encountering extreme driving conditions (recently) to brake and suddenly find unusual braking sensations; the anti-lock braking system automatically activating (loudly) and giving a foot massage. The giveaway/hint to knowing that you're driving above the safe speed conditions is when ABS activates when braking; you're already going faster than road conditions permit as the brakes are trying to lock up but ABS is preventing it by quickly determining when to brake/release/brake/release/etc.. until the car is stopped as long as the brake pedal is pressed and loss of traction is encountered from any wheel. No one can humanly cycle the brakes faster, no one despite arguments to the contrary. The foot massage, when safely activated, will allow steering control and perhaps safe stopping when appreciated for its limited abilities. To count on it as a last second bailout is the same as reckless behavior that drivers learned the hard way years ago.

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Old 01-12-2010, 01:08 PM   #8
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The "sound" and pedal "vibration" are normal. I have TC and ABS on all my cars (GM and Ford), and they all make this noise on slippery pavement. I have also had it happen on gravel, sand and even wash-board road conditions when stopping. As a matter of fact, on severly wash-board pavement at intersections I have had the ABS blow me right through stop lights and into the traffic lanes - barely missing other cars. In a car without ABS, this would not have happened. So ABS is not ideal in all road conditions. However, the positives outweigh the negatives most of the time.

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