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Old 09-28-2003, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default ABS Light stays on!

Can anybody help?
My ABS light stays on in my 99 SL2, which, according to my manual means that the ABS is not working, but the regular brakes on. If I turn the ignition from ACC to RUN, I hear a clicking noise, much like the automatic ABS check that happens when you first drive 8 mph., under the hood just in front of the driver.
I have tested my brakes, and they are fine.
I am going to check my brake fluid and my fuses, but for some reason I think it is the ABS control box under the hood, there.

Any suggestions at all??
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Old 09-28-2003, 12:08 PM   #2
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the ABS controller is under the dash... Your base brakes will continue to work finem, even with the ABS light on. Have your car scanned to see which code is stored in the ABS controller, either at the retailer, or an auto supply store like pep boys... Or at a garage you trust...
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Sounds like this is too serious for me to do on my own. I should probably take it to my mechanic, right?
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Old 09-28-2003, 12:30 PM   #4
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Check the vss sensor on each wheel. If one comes loose, the light will come on.
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Check your voltage. If the alternator isn't up to snuff, the ABS cannot complete its self-test, and the light comes on.
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Don't forget about the fuse. A gone fuse will cause the light to stay on.
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Old 10-01-2003, 06:16 PM   #7
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Weird things are happening!
I took the car in for service, and the guy says he hooked it up to two computers (both the same manufacturer), and my car's computer couldn't communicate with either of them.
He says after he tried to hook it up to the computer, the light was off.
So I took it back.
I get it home, the DRLs aren't going, but ABS is running its self-check at the 8mph mark as usual, so it seems to be fine now.
But what's up with the DRLs not coming on? I need to take it to another shop. Sounds like an electrical problem.
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AHHH the wealth of new information! The fact that your DRL's are now nonfunctional suggets a very SIMPLE problem. Is your RED BRAKE WARNING LIGHT working? If the brake warning light is burned out, and the parking brake is slightly applied, the DRL's will remain OFF, the ABS light will be OFF, BUT, the ABS light will be ON any time the parking brake is completely OFF. Apply and release the parking brake a few times to confirm whether the RED BRAKE WARNING light comes on or not. If it does not, your trouble lies in a burned out light bulb, bad connection at the parking brake switch or a bad parking brake switch itself.

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Old 10-02-2003, 08:19 AM   #9
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Wolfman, I checked just now... the red BRAKE(!) light comes on when I apply the parking brake.

The DRLs still aren't coming on. I will look at all this stuff again today when I go out.

The thing that makes me really nervous is the fact that my computer wasn't communicating with the mechanic's. I have never heard of that happening.
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Old 10-08-2003, 06:18 PM   #10
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Took it to my mechanic this time - the ABS light was on because my brake lights were off! There was a pinched wire, which had worn down over time and cause the lights to go off.

As for the DRLs, they are still a mystery. I didn't have time to get those fixed, so I will be taking it in again on Saturday.

Who woulda thunk!?!?
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Old 10-09-2003, 10:20 PM   #11
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Heh, I don't have that problem with my ABS light. The problem I have is that when I got over about 88 MPH, the light will come on, and won't go out until I restart the engine. It's very weird, and has done it since I got the car. A 93 SW2.

The ABS still works though when the light is out. I haven't tried it once the light was on. I guess I should one of these days.
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88 mph? wow. I don't know if I've ever gone that fast! lol

I'm supposed to bring the car in tomorrow to get the lights fixed... We'll see what happens - apparently electrical problems are particularly annoying.
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The problem I have is that when I got over about 88 MPH, the light will come on[/B]
That's the Flux Capacitor. Your alternator doesn't have enough power to produce the 1.21 Gigawatts needed to make the jump...
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That's the Flux Capacitor. Your alternator doesn't have enough power to produce the 1.21 Gigawatts needed to make the jump...
Looks like you need to replace your Mr. Fusion.
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Actually I know the alternator isn't the problem. I just had it replaced when I replaced the engine. It is a 180 amp alternator, and I know for a fact that is a lot more then the stock one.
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