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  1. 1992 E36 320i SE - ABS Light On Checked Most Things (FIXED) 
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    Gents, I lend of your expeirence please.

    I found out that my ABS light wasn't working when took it for an MOT, so I decided to change the bulb to pass it.
    Problem 1:
    Previous owner, moved the ABS light from its socket to the Air Bag socket (don't have a air bag).
    Problem 2:
    Seems that there is a fault in the system, as now the bulb is in there, the light is on all the time.
    Problem 3:
    I have checked the sensors, manually, they physically look OK, but not too sure if it is one of them.

    I have been reading that it could be relays, sensor, control unit or the ABS servo itself.
    Do I, go to BMW for a diagnostic check, ask some kind person on the forum to perform a test for me with their diagnostic unit (money can change hands), or start replacing things like relays, sensors hoping that this will fix the problem?

    I am not too sure about visiting BMW, my previous car was a V6 Vectra (still have it), and took it to Vauxhall for a diag test, only to be stung for £80 +VAT for the to tell me there wasn't a problem (though there was).
    I do not want to purchase my own diag kit as yet, as I may look at buying a newer BMW next year.

    Advice and questions welcome, but need to sort this out before the weekend, and the MOT runs out on Sunday.

    Cheers in advance.
    Last edited by Bazz; 03-09-2009 at 19:37. Reason: Adding fixed to the title.
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    Been quoted £50 at a local BMW dealer for a diagnostic check.
    Would this be a fair price??
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    Not saying you couldn't get it cheaper, but I think that is a reasonable price.
     
     

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    take the bulb out
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    take the bulb out
    Can't, also do I really want too?
    If the car has ABS, then the light should show that the system is working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peanut View Post
    take the bulb out
    MOT fail if the bulb doesnt illuminate and carry out its self checks..
     
     

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    Most likely a wheel sensor has failed. If you've got a multimeter you could check the resistance of each one & see if they're all about the same although sometimes there's a difference between fronts & rears.
     
     

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    Bit of a risk but my car got through it's MOT without an ABS light bulb (although the ABS worked).

    As suggested it'd usually a wheel speed sensor and you can visually inspect them / test them by disconnect the sensors and monitor with a meter but a diag would be much quicker / will reveal other problems. £50 sounds fair enough for a steeler, cheaper than what you paid for your previous car as well.

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    Just to let you guys know.

    The car is in a garage for repairs today, and it was a wheel sensor, which is being replaced.

    The original garage that did the MOT, missed loads of items, which have been now picked up by the garage doing repairs for MOT.

    I will not state garages involved, unless asked to do so (as the original garage obviously didn't know what they was doing).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    Bit of a risk but my car got through it's MOT without an ABS light bulb (although the ABS worked).

    As suggested it'd usually a wheel speed sensor and you can visually inspect them / test them by disconnect the sensors and monitor with a meter but a diag would be much quicker / will reveal other problems. £50 sounds fair enough for a steeler, cheaper than what you paid for your previous car as well.

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    £50 is a very good price from a dealer.....
    We wouldnt be much cheaper than that at work.

    Ill go with elainese36 and Ian S suggestions, most likely a wheel sensor...
     
     

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