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ABS light will not go off even after replacing all pads and rotors

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Do you have any other lights on the dash (traction control, etc.)? I know that on my 1994 model I had the ABS and TC lights come on. The lights would stay on but if i held the brake while starting the car they would come on during the cycle and go back off until the brake pedal was released then I would here clicking and the lights would return. I took the car to the dealership and they said my ABS module was bad and it would cost around $2000.00 to fix everything. I told them to forget it that I would pull the bulbs out of the cluster before I spent that kind of money. Short story, as I was backing into my garage, I noticed the 3rd brake light was out (due to my stereo system). I replaced the bulbs (194's) and the lights went out and never come back on.

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There should be electrical connection that goes to one or both calipers. If it is disconnected or severed your ABS light will stay on.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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The abs sensors are on the hub not the pads and rotors.sometimes brake dust builds up really heavy or on the magnet ring and it can not generate a pulse. there is also an ABS pump that may be bad ,and it is very expensive,over 1000 dollars.have the sensors tested first.the wheel needs to be turned and the sensor output tested with an oscilloscope or scanner.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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