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Old 03-21-2011, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 e39 abs/asc/dsc error codes

My 2000 540i is giving me ABS brake warning lights (3)
I have intermittent yellow ABS light, brake light, and warning triangle with error codes 115,105,and 81 (no description found). After clearing codes, 81 reappeared. Can drive for miles without lights on or they can be on continuously from initial start. Have seen posts regarding wheel sensors. Maybe brake control unit?
Any other thoughts? Idea on the above codes?
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You may need a re-build on the ABS/DSC control module. It has a very high failure rate for our cars. That is unless you get lucky and find a faulty or dirty wheel speed sensor. The warning triangle has a curved arrow around it correct? That would be the DSC (traction control) The code 81 is due to the internal fault of the dsc control unit. My 2000 528i does the same thing, and it is also intermittent. I am going to send my unit out for repair. The car will still be drivable and turn around is about 4 days. Modulemaster.com re-builds them for 300 bucks, a new one would be 450 on-line, 1500 from the dealer. And since it is your own unit, no need to tack on another 150 bucks to have BMW re-code it for the car. 3 yr unlimited mile warranty to boot. There are (4) spit torx to unscrew and a wiring harness connector (pulls straight up), piece of cake to remove. Out of curiosity, does your cruise control still work? Mine will rarely engage, and of course, almost never on a long road trip. I think Murphy was a German character, lol.
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sounds like a new DSC module is gonna be needed ive had many E39's with wheel speed sensor faults all checking ok and ending up with module replacement
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http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/5-series-e12-e28-e34-e39/2000-e39-abs-asc-dsc-error-

My dealer says the dsc module is bad....$1400.00

I have the warning light on, but no error codes are showing up.

How can I confirm the module is bad?
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My 99 540i has the brake light,abs and traction control light on and is actualy stuck in t.c. Would this also be the module
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I had similar symptoms...
Grabbed a toothbrush and cleaned the rotor inner fins and sensors, warnings went away !!!
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