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ABS system works fine after 76 mph is reached. Until then when I apply the brakes it acts as though Im sliding on ice. I can feel it fighting to stop in my peddle. Also it does not want to shift out of first gear until I reach almost 20 mph and let off it will then shift into second gear. What do I do?

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I would have you transmission checked.

I have a feeling you transmission is slipping in lower gears.

The car feels like the abs system is not working because the trasnmission is not working as designed.

Good luck

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This sounds like the cpu in the car playing up (the cars computer brain) have it chequed out at the shop to find out if any codes are showing up

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Acan you tell me why my brakes feel like they lift up when i start to slide on ice?? It is a town and country van, and it has some kind of traction setup, but im not sure what its called.


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I imagine you only notice this on very slippery surfaces, right?

From what I see in your description, there is nothing to worry about. If you continue to feel unsure about it, have a reputable local mechanic have a look at it.

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