1998 E250 brakes issue two lights on + mushy pedal
Hello all I have a 98 (or maybe 99) e250 that i dont drive often, its been sitting for several weeks and up until now the brakes worked fine. If anything the brakes were really grabby and the pedal grabbed really high. The guy I bought the van from *claimed* he has just paid someone to replace the brakes and the pedal was just a little high.
I took a 20 mile trip and at the start the ABS light came on and the red brakes light next to it. I checked the Ebrake and it was off, I tried setting/unsetting it but the red light stayed on (the brakes did NOT feel like they were sticking on while the ebrake was off). The brakes dont engage until the pedal is low and they are not grabbing like they used to. This is really weird because I've put maybe 200 miles on the van since I got it a few months ago. Is this just from lack of use? Could something have rusted/seized?
Towards the end of the trip yesterday I saw smoke coming off the driver side wheel well and even today there is a brake smell near there.
From a quick search it seems like this could be a sensor issue? Please tell me what to check and how. I'm pretty familiar with cars and have worked on brakes before, just not vans. I'm trying to figure out a way to jack the van and remove the wheel to see if the pad is warped/low.
The thread I saw about the sensor mentioned ohming things and checking values. I have a multi meter I'm just not familiar with them so please tell me how to do anything I need to check.
Thank you all for any help with this.
I Didnt see any leaks/puddles where it was parked before (I specifically looked for them). I checked the brake fluid reservoir today and it looked a little low, about the bottom of the neck but not as low as the boat part of the body. I added some but it only took a few oz to bring it to the max line. I'm going to try pumping the brakes and moving around the driveway to see if the level goes down.