ABS Repair


An ABS light on your vehicle's dash can signify a range of issues in your vehicle's Anti-Lock Braking System. The reason could be a defective ABS computer. Due to heat and vibration in your car's engine bay, the electronics in your ABS module can wear and fail prematurely. Upon inspection and troubleshooting up to 90% of vehicles which we service will need their ABS computers repaired or replaced due to faulty electronics.

Since 2000 we have been in the business of repairing ABS computer modules for Volvo vehicles. Nearly twenty years later, we have gradually expanded our service to a range of brands including: Chevrolet, GMC, Saab Cadillac, Dodge Jeep, Ford, Jaguar, Volkswagen and Volvo. Each of these vehicles has a unique ABS system which we have created a custom repair solution for. This ensures long-term reliability and the safety of your vehicle's occupants.

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If you need to have your own unit tested and or repaired, You must need to have the unit removed from the ABS pump motor and sent to me. The unit is removed fairly easily, In a scale of 1 to 10, it is about a 6, it is easier than changing the brake pads on your car. You will need a very special tool, it is a torx E5 socket and a 1/4" ratchet driver.

Make sure your vehicle has been properly diagnosed before blaming the ABS module as the reason for your ABS light being on. Sometimes the computer will have no trouble codes stored in the memory. Troubleshooting only leads to the replacement of the ABS module (computer). I will test your module before I inspect it. This involves testing it on a vehicle similar to yours. If the unit is defective and in condition to be rebuilt, I will clean the unit and attempt to perform repairs. I say attempt because I have found some units that cannot be repaired, this happens mostly on units that somebody else has opened. This involves opening the unit for the actual repairs. Upon completion of repairs, your unit will be tested again, then sealed and sent back to you. The unit carries a 5 (five) - year warranty.

ABS Failure Symptoms
  • '96-98 Volvo 850, 70-Series
  • '99-01 Volvo S80, 70-Series
  • Toyota
  • Chevy/GMC SUVs
  • Corvette
  • The ABS and TRACS (If you have TRACS) lights will turn ON and stay ON for some time, sometimes the light will turn OFF. The longer you experience the problem, the longer the lights will stay ON. If you drive the car for a long time with a defective ABS unit, the speedometer will eventually stop working intermittently.
  • The problem will be more noticeable during hot weather or when the ABS or TRACS system is used.
  • Sometimes the ABS system will activate by itself (You will hear the pump and the valves activating) when going over a bump or rough road, you may also feel vibration on the brake pedal.
  • The cruise control disengages or will not work at times.
  • The ABS and TRACS (If you have TRACS) lights will turn ON and stay ON for some time, sometimes the light will turn OFF. The longer you experience the problem, the longer the lights will stay ON. On 1999 and newer Volvos, the speedometer and odometer will stop working, the odometer and trip meter will display dashes "--- ----". You may also see the up-shift indicator (Yellow up arrow) ON or flashing and in other models you may see a yellow triangle with a car skidding.
  • You may see the Check Engine Light turn ON and the transmission may not shift correctly.
  • Sometimes the ABS system will activate by itself (You will hear the pump and the valves activating) when going over a bump or rough road.
  • The problem will be more noticeable during hot weather or when the ABS or TRACS system is used.
  • On the S80 and some T5 models with STC, you will see the ABS, STC and warning triangle light turn ON. In addition, you may see a warning message in the message display window that reads "Brake Failure", "Stop Immediately".
  • The cruise control disengages or will not work at times.
  • Toyota Symptoms
  • GMC/Chevy Symptoms
  • Corvette Symptoms

 

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