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Hello..... I have a problem with my 2001 VW Jetta Wolfsburg edition. Last January Midas replaced all 4 brake pads, rotors, and abs sensor on left rear wheel. Recently my abs and traction control light started coming on again. It would go on and off. If I shut the car off, and turned it back on again often the lights would go out. Today I needed to travel about 60 miles and about 40 miles into the trip my brake light started flashing and beeping. I was near my destination and my car was turned off for about 2 hours. I checked my brake fluid and it was ok. It's the yellow cap behind the battery on the driver's side....I am sure that was right. When I returned to my car the brake light was not on, my abs and traction control light was on. About 20 miles on my way home, the brake light came on again. The other thing I had happen was my power steering fluid seems to be leaking and I had to add some today. This happened to me about a year ago and then it stopped. I never had to take it in to have anything fixed, I don't think the two problems are related. Can you give me some ideas about the brake light that I can look at? Could it be a fuse? I am a pretty handy gal and if you lead me in the right direction I am pretty good at fixing or identifying a problem Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..........

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  • Pam C Oct 02, 2010

    ok...CV stands for? Where is it located? I know the abs sensors are on the wheels....I can see them at what location?? Where do I fond the wear sensor wires so I can check . I have WD40 and insulation tape.....I just need a little more direction. I do need new tires. I don't want to spen a lot of money on this vehichle, but I am hoping to get through the winter with it.....Thanks

  • Pam C Oct 03, 2010

    Thank you so much for the pictures. That was extremely helpful to me. I am very glad that you are here on "Fixya" to assist people like me.

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Hi well i hope i can help you as brake systems are very up and down , but this actually sounds quite a simple one that might be solved in a few minuets, what you want to do it check the ABS sensors on each hub, and also check the CV it self, all this could be is a simple case of either corrosion on the CV joint ( this is the thing that has the cut outs all the way around) and or, dirt on the ABS sensor that is inserted into the rear of the hub with the single wire attached to it, as this is an intermittent fault i do not think it would be anything major, if it was the lights would be on permanently, also check the wear sensor wires on the brake pads, just make sure they have not come loose and have warn the casing away giving you a short in the signal wire i think all you will need is a wire brush, some wd40, and maybe a bit of insulation tape.....hope this gets you started good luck

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    steve morris Oct 02, 2010




    hope you can see this, that is where the CV joints are, or known as Constant Velocity joints the ones near the wheels are the ones you want to look at not the inner ones, yours will look like this one below




    where it says sensor ring check to see if they are badly corroded, if so, just get a wire brush and clean as much rust as you can off,

    if you do not have this type then you will have

    this type



    this is the sensor in the HUB, and you might have this type of pick-up ring as below

    well i hope i have answered your questions, hope this helps


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