Re: Speedometer shutting down and ABS and TC light coming...
The problem is the ECBM. I'm not a mechanic so bear with my laymans explanations. Its a module that controls the anti lock brakes but also screws up a lot of other things too. Like giving you a traction control light and no speedo.
I just purchased a 2000 Catera with the understanding the garage would pay for the repair. The module was sent out and rebuilt with a life time warranty. DO NOT get a replacement from a junk yard as this seems to be a common problem amoung Cateras. My mechanic did and it only resulted in him wasting his time and eventually sending the module out to be rebuilt. Hope this puts you on the right track... lots more info on web.
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Your abs and traction control lights should only come on when you start to slide while breaking(ABS), and when your wheels spin in place when excelerating(TC). If those 2 things don't happen, which with some people they never do, you should never see the lights come on. Only when those mechanisms are in use do the lights come on. And they will always flicker as that is what abs and tc are, intermitant surges to break up the constant. ABS does this for obvious reasons...anti lock break, so when you slide, the abs "taps" the breaks in short bursts so they don't lock up. TC "taps" the exclelrator when it slips. Those "taps" are what trigger the lights on your dash, which is why they flicker and don't stay on.
If the speedo and odometer are not working it could be the speed sensor in the transmission. And the speed sensor could also knock out the ABS and traction control systems. Have you had the body computer scanned for trouble codes ?
You need to replace the traction control module located on the ABS pump. There are places in the US where they will rebuild it for you with warranty for about $150. Its tricky to get off (you need to remove the rad hose between the battery and the pump to get to it, but don't disconnect the ABS module, just the TC module mounted at end of the ABS unit (has a bunch of brake lines coming out if it).
The power steering is variable assist, relative to the speed of the vehicle, so if the speedo doesn't work, then the PS won't and you should have TC and ABS lights on. The electrical connectors to the module are tricky to remove. don't force them. One connector has a sliding lock bar.
Its your ABS system. There is a faulty switch/sensor on the master cylinder. It leaks brake fluid into the wires connected to it and causes the circuit to short, resulting in a blown fuse that controls the AC, odometer, speedometer, cruise control and ABS light to stay on. This can even cause a fire in the vehicle. A fire can occur even when the vehicle is turned off. To correct the problem go to this link - http://www.fordwindstarrecall.info/
It's your ETCBM ( Electronic Traction Control Brake Module ). Had the same problem . This will cause your speedometer , ABS brakes and check engine light to come on.You'll even notice your stering is a little stif. I had my mechanic remove it and sent it out to Module Masters for rebuild ( 5 year warranty ) Works like a charm now. Those guys are really great .Cost me with freight $160 plus mechanic to R & R it. www.modulemasters.com
I found this info online . Most mechanics will say it is a Speed sensor, but after many hours and going that route you'll see what I mean.
PS: You can still drive the car ( carefully ) while you wait for the rebuilt unit to be returned.
There are two problems here. First you need and abs control unit. They are very expensive and it is possible to rebuild them. A couple of places to call: ATE, Auto Truck Electronics, they are in Florida, and BBA Remanufacturing near Boston, MA. I have used both companies and they charge much less to rebuild them than it costs to purchase a new one. That should take care of the speedometer, brake light, and ABS light. As for the check engine, that could be anything and the car will need to be scanned. ETS light can be remedied by a trip to the dealer. There is a campaign to install new software to the Electronic Throttle Controller. This is no charge to the customer and I believe the car has to be under 200,000 miles.
I have the 2000 Cadillac Catera Sport and I had the same problem. ABS, TC light and no speedometer and odo. I thought it was an electrical problem however I solved the problem by refurbishing the ABS Module. If you bring to the dealer it will cost you $3,000. You can have your ABS module rebuilt try modulemaster.com they do it for about $200 I believe. I got mine fixed because a friend of mine removed them and soldered some loose connectors together. All it cost me was a case of beer! It worked for my car just a suggestion for you guys. My ABS Module was a Bosch 5.3. Hope this helps!
does it light up like a christmas tree? I had a simliar problem last year on my 2000 9.5 aero. I beleive it was the tcs on, tcs off, emergency light, and 2 others, i forget now. After paying the saab dealer $800 to try and diagnose it, finally they came up with a faulty abs switch. Cost to replace was over 3k. I took it to my other mechanic and he found one in a junk yard for half the price. I had it replaced over a year now and it works fine.
Have them check out the ABS switch. I later found simliar info on the web of other saab dealers