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ABS Instability Failure

Shop stated my ABS mode is kicking in and the instability light goes on and off with the ABS light. What are the questions to ask the mechanic so I may know exactly what he is replacing. I beleve there are 4 sensors, 1 for each brake, an ABS control and AN ABS hydraulic

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  • judyjohnlesn Feb 05, 2009

    The ABS light and instability light come on from time to time but the brakes started to make noises when coming to a stop. Price is $542

  • judyjohnlesn Feb 05, 2009

    The ABS light and instability light come on from time to time but the brakes started to make noises when coming to a stop. Price is $542

  • judyjohnlesn Feb 05, 2009

    They also told me I had to replace the radiator hose and thermostat for $542. I said my engine is not overheating and there is no fluid under the car nor a light coming on says coolant is low!

  • judyjohnlesn Feb 06, 2009

    The ABS Stability Failure light sometimes is on after I start the car and stays on during the day and sometimes comes on during the day and goes off during the day. The brakes have been making noise when braking especially in the morning and slip sometimes, like a download clung noise. They have never failed. The brakes were totally replaced in Aug 2006.

  • judyjohnlesn Feb 06, 2009

    They are charging me $542 to change front left sensor only. I have asked about brake pads and their response is the brakes are fine and I do not need pad. If there are 4 sensors (1 for each wheel) why would they only be replacing one front left sensor? I feel like I am at the mercy of the dealer because I thought that my brakes were failing because of the noise etc. I actually had the car flatbed towed to the dealer. I did not want to end up in an accident because of bad brakes. I initailly thought it might be transmission because of the noise. But this dealership always asks to describe the problem and put it in the record. I am at this point so frustrated but I feel I need to eat this $542+ tax because I am concerned about driving the car. And the estimate was $350 so they will most likely make me pay the $350. And then in return I will go to my local mechanic to fix the problem and will end up spending more.

  • 1kaufman May 11, 2010

    I have run into smiler deal on newer dodge 4wd pu. Sensor is in bearing and bearing is $500.00 plus tax and labor. I feel like I am overcharging customer but I have no control over price of parts. Yes you can replace only one sensor. They make money on diagnosing problem also. Between toe bill, diagnostics and repair the bill sounds about right. Dealerships always seem to be the most expensive. At my work we don't charge diagnostic fees as long as we get the job. I get paid buy the hour. Dealerships pay off book times. The mechanic gets however many hours there book says the job takes. It makes it hard for them to make a living sometimes and pushes toward dishonesty.

  • 1kaufman May 11, 2010

    Its hard to try to diagnose without being able to physically look at car but I would recommend to have your brakes checked. It has been long enough to need brakes again. Have you had a shop look at it already? What did they say? If not just tell them what you posted and have them explain their quote. Depending on type of ABS, most have 4 wheel speed sensors which also sense for trac control. Some wheel speed sensors are built into the bearing so a bad bearing can be the problem.

  • 1kaufman May 11, 2010

    ABS and trac control (instability) are tied together in computer. Its perfactly normal to pull These light under extreem brakeing as long as they go out. Its when the light stays on that there is a problem. Would have to have more info to answer any questions.

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It is quite normal for only one sensor to fail. Jaguar is famous for over charging for repairs. They normally do a good job, but they are very expensive and as mentioned before, only work from the BOOK price. In my experience, the BOOK price is usually over actual time needed.

It seems strange that the radiator problem and the brake problem are costing the same exact price. I take it sombody's Jaguar lease is $542/mo?

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Ask what failed? exatly, and what is needed to replace those parts and what is the price. and what cause this problem.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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    Jeremy Reddick Feb 05, 2009

    Ask if there is a sensor the tells that the brake bads are to low that may trigger this. Your squeaker is doing its job. But it might be like on my Ford that you have a sensor where if the pads get to low that will pop up and start sending signals

  • Jeremy Reddick
    Jeremy Reddick Feb 05, 2009

    The heck with all of that, they are trying to **** you around. I would take it to a better mechanic if you can and get them to look at it. Sounds to me like your car is ok and they are just trying to make money. Replace the brake pads and see what happens

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