ABS light stays on!

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 01:49
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Hi all. A couple of months ago my RA rodeos dashboard abs light came on, and has been
on ever since.
I know this to be a common problem, but my mechanic doesn't know how.to reset the light the brakes are otherwise working normally.
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Reply By: Member - tazbaz - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 07:24

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 07:24
You can reset/ clear a fault code by buying an OBCD connector e.g. Elm 327 which is about $15 on eBay and downloading the free "torque" app onto a smart phone. You plug the Elm into the OBCD plug - usually under the right hand side of the steering whee, start the motor, pair your phone via bluetooth, launch "torque", tap through to faults and press 'clear'.
Hope this helps
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 07:58

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 07:58
why wouldn,t you get the problem causing the light to come on fixed ,
afterall its there for your safety
cheers mechpete
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 09:31

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 09:31
The OP says it's a known problem, the brakes are working and have been checked by his mechanic. So the error is in the warning system. Once reset, it's a matter of watching to see if it recurs.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 09:09

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 09:09
When I had my 2000 model Patrol with ABS, it was a real handful on gravel roads as the ABS would making braking a nightmare.

So, I removed the ABS fuse when I was going to drive on gravel and when I did that the ABS light would come on.

So, I suggest you check the fuse to make sure it isn't blown? Could be that simple.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:59

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:59
Then you would need to ask "Why did the fuse blow?"
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 09:51

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 09:51
I'll see if I can access the sensor and give it a clean ,that's one Google suggestion.
Also I will check the fuse. I was surprised the mechanic couldn't find the prob, but its only automasters - not sure how well equipped they are to follow things up.
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:35

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:35
there is a sensor on each wheel not just one ,
take to the dealer
mechpete
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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 11:27

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 11:27
As said before, it could actually be a fault..

Even though the brakes appear to operate normally, the ABS part of them may not !! Which in itself is a safety feature and shouldn't be ignored.

I'm surprised the mechanic didn't have a diagnostic tool to reset the fault ?? If he didn't know how, maybe he should go back to school and learn how !!
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Follow Up By: Blown4by - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:21

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 12:21
Probably not a Mechanic but here on a a 457 visa as many are these days at such places..
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Reply By: Member - Rodney J2 - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 14:37

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 14:37
Hi Paul,
Had ABS light come on in 1999 Ford Explorer and problem was worn front hub bearings. Replaced hub and light went off. Then a few months later light came back on but this time it was a faulty sensor in the diff.
Would recommend that you go to your Dealer and get diagnosed, it could possibly be many things???
Regards
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 15:57

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 15:57
Since I despise dealerships and their ilk, I'm unlikely to do that.
I've removed and cleaned the 4 wheel speed sensors however. Some on the net seem to think that may work.
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Follow Up By: Gary T7 - Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 at 00:21

Sunday, Mar 20, 2016 at 00:21
You also need to clean out the hubs ring where the air gaps are. They block with mud and metal filings from the brakes. the wheel speed sensors also build up with metal filings from the brakes As they are magnetic. Need to blow metal filings off with compressed air. and the air gap rings in the hub as they create the magnetic pulse on off.
Low brake fluid can also cause abs problem which every one overlooks so check fluid level sensor.
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Reply By: Dion - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 23:16

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 23:16
I don't know how "Common" this known problem is/was.

My RA, which I had from new in 2005 until 2013, 165000km never had any errornous warning lights come on at all.
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Reply By: Paul E6 - Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 23:56

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 at 23:56
Common does not mean all.
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