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  1. 1996 E36 328i - ABS problems 
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    Since i got my 328 the ABS and traction control lights have been coming on

    They only seem to come on when the car had been sitting a while like over night

    when it has been driven for a while, if u turn the ignition off then back on the lights are out most of the time

    i had it in the garage to see what fault codes were showing, the first time he tryed it wouldnt speak to the diagnostic. then a few days later tryed again and it through up loads of fault codes, some contradicting others. so he cleared them and i went back in today and it wouldnt communicate with the diagnostic again

    the guy said he thinks it might be the main control unit that is faulty, would anyone agree?

    or have any ideas what the problem might be?

    if it is the control unit can this be replaced with a used one, or do i need a new one?
    does a new one need to be programed by bmw?

    can anyone shed any light on the mater? any help would be great, cheers

    oh and as far as i know the abs is working ok
     
     

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    If you take one from another 328 with ASC, it should work OK.
    You'll need to have a look at the part numbers on your own ecu (and check the plug is firmly attached) and try to locate a similar one.
    Ebay garage clearouts will be far cheaper than a breaker, but there's no harm in asking.
     
     

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    I think this is quite a common issue - mine does it randomly, more so perhaps when the roads are wet. They don't stay on for long though and go off. You might find in a week or so or when the weather gets drier that it no longer happens. It's a strange one.
     
     

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  6. 1996 E36 328i - ABS problems 
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    I had this problem and all it ended up being is a faulty sensor on one of the wheels. The problem you have with the ABS/ASC not communicating is that when the system sensors a problem it switches the control unit off. This stops you being able to read the codes. I have carsoft and was unable to read the codes, I ended up taking it to Teeside Autotech who had to use a couple of diagnostic machine to find which sensor was faulty. Replaced and never had the problem again. You can pick up a sensor for £30 ish.
     
     

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