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ABS fuses (#7, 16, 41) missing from 2001 Passat.

Checked to see if our ABS fuses were blown as the ABS and brake warning lights go on when started along with the three loud beeps. Had read that it could be malfunctioning due to blown fuses not getting power to the module but when we looked in dash fuse box could not find the three ABS indicated fuses (#7, 16, 41). Could they be under different fuse numbers? And if not, where should we insert the new fuses as no ABS fuse location is specified?
Any help would be great as it's failed three smog checks and we're almost resigned to buying a new module at $800.
Thank you!

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  • barb_ware May 13, 2009

    Thanks for your response regarding our 2001 Passat ABS prob.
    The abs/brake lights went on in the summer (we were told $1,000 to fix it so just had put off the repair) . We'd never checked the fuses before so don't know if they were missing before then. A mechanic told me not all cars need them. (Our manual doesn't mention them but the fuse card in the box does list those three but perhaps it's a generic VW card ?)
    In any event, we've always passed the emissions test (last was 2 yrs ago) but then the abs/brake lights weren't on then either.

  • barb_ware May 14, 2009

    Thanks for your very helpful comments, Steve and Mike! Appreciate the instructions on how to check the sensors as had no idea how to do so. Still plan to look at them (and hope that wasn't the prob) though we did go ahead with the new abs module (another bosch from VW) since the registration was already overdue. Good news is the car passed the smog test finally (after not connecting at 3 stations)...a relief. It wasn't cheap but the independent VW shop I found was better that the two dealers in the area, and included a re-scan and clear coding. It will be such a relief not to hear those three loud beeps and see those lights.

    Thanks again...this is a great resource.

  • ikonjr May 22, 2009

    I have the same problem the only different is that my car is a 2000 Passat turbo.

  • mike kares May 11, 2010

    couple quik questions.... have the abs and brake light always been on or did they just come on recently? also if just came on recently were these fuses missing before the lights came on? next you said you failed emmisions inspection.... was it because of the abs light or do you have an emmisions problem as well?


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Most likely Steve is correct about the sensors, they are the most common problem, if you tinker with cars yourself you can try them at home first. jack up one corner at a time ...the sensors just push in to a copper shim in the hub. move back and forth a few times with pliers and they will come right out. look over the wires to be sure there is no damage < chunks of ice and froxen snow are know to cause broken wires> if wires look ok spray clean the reluctor wheel on c/v joint and the sensor itself. if you see metal fuzz looking stuff on the sensor ,that is junk from your brakes and needs cleaned off. the metal dust causes the trigger in sensor to malfunction. do all 4 corners one at a time then drive the car if abs light and flashing brake light go out your fixed but still should have codes cleared to make sure there is no there problems. if this doesn't fix it best bet is to have a dealer you trust to look it over , brakes are important. once abs light is out see if you pass your inspection, if not ask why then post on here what they tell you and we'll address that . good luck.

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Have te sensors on the hubs looked at. Basically they work like Electro magnets the module sends power down the wire to the sesors on the wheel and it creates a magnetic field btween the tip of the sensor and te drive saft end or the rear hub. If any part is dirty or corroded the ABS system goes wonkie. More than likely the front CONSTANT VELOSITY JOINTS that are faulty. Not cheap but Alot cheaper than the ABS module by a few hundred dollars.... Steve in the uk

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