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Brakes WTF?

Just got home from grabbing a couple drinks at the store - as I was parking my brakes went absolutely solid (the pedal wouldn't go down even while I pushed / tried to pump) and it felt like the ABS was on. I was doing this while backing up and ended up backing up straight into a Cavalier with my Silverado!!!

Anyone have any idea what sort of problem I'm looking at - this happened once in a while usually when the engine is cold but never THAT bad. Any ideas anyone?

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you have any lights on the dash?
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Not a thing.
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maybe your booster went bad
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Thing is they worked fine the whole way home. This is something that happens randomly and doesn't usually last longer than 2 seconds. (this time it did though so I'm a little concerned).

I'll probably just be taking it in to my mechanic on Monday but I'd like to see if anyone else here knows what it's like... the best way I can describe it is putting a rock behind the brake pedal so you can't push it down and have it vibrating / grinding while not applying ANY sort of braking while doing so.
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You're on a Ford ranger forum asking for brake help on a Chevy Silverado ?
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Thing is they worked fine the whole way home. This is something that happens randomly and doesn't usually last longer than 2 seconds. (this time it did though so I'm a little concerned).

I'll probably just be taking it in to my mechanic on Monday but I'd like to see if anyone else here knows what it's like... the best way I can describe it is putting a rock behind the brake pedal so you can't push it down and have it vibrating / grinding while not applying ANY sort of braking while doing so.
Chevys are KNOWN for their ABS problems. What year is it? I know a guy that if he plugs his ABS back in on his, the brakes are rock hard. so i'm willing to bet its an ABS issue.
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It's 1999. Is that a common year for those problems? And do you think if I removed the fuse for the ABS I'd be alright? Or is there a specific way to disable the ABS - I have driven without ABS before and if it's going to cause me these kinds of problems I won't bother with it lol.
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It's 1999. Is that a common year for those problems? And do you think if I removed the fuse for the ABS I'd be alright? Or is there a specific way to disable the ABS - I have driven without ABS before and if it's going to cause me these kinds of problems I won't bother with it lol.
Thats the exact year i was referring to, yes removing the fuse will work. but beware that your going to have an ABS light on.
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I'll try cleaning the ABS wheel speed sensor or w/e some people have said it's helped their problems and if that fixes the problem - great if not I'll just removed the fuse as I don't want to spend 800$ on it.
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