New purchase -- older model - big problem
I just purchased a 1998 Dodge Intrepid (base) with 2.7L and 55,000 miles (one owner--old lady).
I did not try a "panic stop" when it was test driven. However, later, by myself, I found the hard braking to be inadequate. So I started the regular routine, check pads, (OK) and bleed out all the fluid for new. No improvement. I then realized that a dashboard light (ABS) which is supposed to illuminate for 3-seconds when the ignition is turned on, does not illuminate. So I checked all fuses and found that there were two empty slots in the fuse cluster under the hood. 1) 30 Amp "ABS" and 2) 40 Amp "ABS Pump". Even stranger is that looking into these two open slots, each has only one prong, whereas the other slots seem to all have both prongs. Normally, this would indicate a "null" slot, which was not meant to have any fuse. But this is all rather confusing because of the concurrent conditions, namely, soft braking (no wheel clicking), no (ABS) lamp with ignition on and no prongs under the open fuse slots.
Is it possible that I just don't have ABS and the dashboard lamp was never connected to anything? The owners manual does not seem to indicate that the car MIGHT have ABS, it seems like its a standard, given feature. Thanks.