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Hi i have 1998 passat my abs light is on all the time.Checked sensor that in wheel hub there all fine.any sugesstions how to turn light off.

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These vehicles have a history of abs modules goin bad,the test for them is complex and u will need a lab scope to test it to see if the module is capable of pullin a good ground,i would suggest takin it to a reputable shop with the correct equipment if u do not have access to a scope,if u do let me know and i will find the procedure for u in my paperwork that i have at home

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