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Old 04-14-2008, 05:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie ABS Question

Hey People,

Im Danny from Norwich in the UK. I have a 1996 E36 318 Lux Convertible, but have a strange ABS fault that i cant quite diagnose.

I used to be an Auto electrician, so have had it plugged into diagnostic software, but as with many ABS faults once the ignition is reset, so are all the fault codes.

Every once in a while when slowing down in traffic or for traffic lights, at speeds below 10mph i get a buzzing through the brake pedal, and the pedal goes light requiring more pressure to stop the car (its not like it goes to the floor or anything just goes light). This can be pretty worrying as im sure you can image.

Also generally during very damp/wet weather the ABS light will come on, and stay on until the ignition is switched of and on again. During this time the ABS stops working, im guessing this is a safety issue?

Does anyone have any ideas on what this could be? Could this be a faulty sensor/ECU/Pump? Im running out of ideas and its coming up to its yearly MOT check in which the ABS is checked, so any help would be great.

Many thanks,

Danny!
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I would have to guess its the ABS sensor....have you checked your brake pads? Hope this helps...good luck-
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ABS/Speed sensor is a good culprit.
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