How do i get the abs/ yellow triangle of I've
I quote some details from BMW's owners...
Symptoms: Dreaded yellow triangle, ABS light, and
CEL on. All other functions (speedo, tach, cruise control, trip
computer, etc) working.
Procedure: Pull the ABS controller out and disconnect it from the wiring
harness. Mine is under a panel to the left of the glove compartment.
Remove the wiring backshell so you can get at the wiring connections on
the back side of the connecting plug (you need to be able to see the
colors of the wires and get a Ohm meter probe on them).
Using a Bentleys Electrical Manual find the connection diagram for the
wheel sensors to the ABS Controller. The pin designators will most
likely be wrong (they were for mine) BUT the color designators for each
of the wires is correct.
Example: Right Rear sensor is connected by two wires, one blue and one blue green.
Connect Ohm meter across these two pins. NOTE: I wound paper clips
around the probes to make a very small probe tip which helps. Write down
the resistance reading. Mine was 3.08k ohms.
Work through the other 3 wheels and write down the resistance readings.
If any of the pairs is open (i.e. infinite resistance) you have a bad
connection between the ABS Controller and the wheel sensor. You can then
remove the affected wheel, unplug the sensor, short out the pins on the
plug (not the wheel sensor part but the chassis wiring part) and if the
ohm meter is still reading open you have a broken cable between the
wheel sensor and the ABS controller. If the cable is good connect the
ohm meter across the wheel sensor itself and if the cable still reads
open you have a bad wheel sensor, replace and retest.
Here is what I found. All wheels read 3.08k ohms except the right rear
which read 4.4M ohms. This sensor was replaced during my rebuild
exercise and it looks like they provided the wrong part. I replaced the
part with a dealer item and retested. 3.08k ohms was read with the new
part. Reconnected everything and the ABS light went out, the yellow
triangle light went out. I used my OBDII computer interface to clear the
CEL light and all is well again.
Total testing/repair time: 2hrs and 35 minutes!
Here is my theory. The "older" ABS Controllers (like mine) use sensors
with the lower reisitance (3.08k ohm) while the newer Controllers use
the higher resistance sensors (4.4M ohm). The part I bought was from a
02 E39! I can return it but I think I will use it to test my 00 528
Additionally, I suggest check charging system (alternator/power module/battery) has a defect that a professional BMW technician should look at, Most probably the alternator is toast.
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Nov 15, 2011 |
2009 BMW 5 Series