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ABS light came on, on my Polo, garage ran a diagnostic, it shows an open circuit which points to a broken cable or faulty plug. Have been told to take it to an auto- electrician, can anyone help. Thanks

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If it's a faulty plug or broken cable then the only way to fix that is to literally dismantle the car's dash and inspect every single one of them - this is going to be a very long job, it's better to leave it to a pro.

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