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Old 08-21-2006, 04:19 PM
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Default ABS + ASR Light stays on Help!!!!!!

Hello everyone:
Im new to the forum and new to VW cars...I picked up a 2001 Golf Gti 1.8T a couple days ago for my wife it has 110k on it. I absolutely love everything about the car except a few problems i have run into...
1. ABS light stays on + ASR traction control light stays on as well.
2. Brake light has come on once while driving
Besides these few problems i have no problems with the car what so ever, so being the logical thinking individual i am i said i would take it to my local VW dealership to see what they have to say... $230.00 later they said the following {Tech notes that the vehicle needs a new front left speed sensor harness approx cost $560.00} i asked the CSR how much the actual part was she said $50 so what was the rest of the cost for , she said Labor!!!!!! I got really nauseas all of a sudden....The brake light was diagnosed as a bad brake light switch cost $65 for repair...So here is my question .I have already paid $230 for Vw dealership to pinpoint the problem i hope...is this something i can do by myself or not...im a mechanically inclined person i build bikes and repair them all the time...i do admit i have never touched a VW, but im willing to learn and put the time in...i have a Haynes repair manual for the GTI golf, but it has nothing on the actual repair or replacement of the ABS speed sensor wiring harness...This car is a gift for my wife. she currently is abroad and will be returning to the US in about 3 weeks and i was hoping to resolve this issue before then....I would hate to replace the speed sensor wiring harness and see those lights still on...I also had two recalls done, one for bad coils , and one for Emergency light switch….any VW gurus please help...thanks everyone...cant wait for feedback
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The ASR light is probably a bad MAF.... it runs the traction control. Welcome to the forum! Do you own a GSX R also? I have a 2003 GSX 750 R.... hope everything works out for you!
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Hmm i know abs modules are disposable in them, i had to send a passat to the dealer at my shop a few months back because itw as a warranty issue.
Best of of luck, and welcome.
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There's a good chance it's your brake light switch. Only $15-$20 at the dealer and 5 minutes to replace...a bad one will cause your ABS/ASR lights to come on...could also be a bad MAF sensor.
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I doubt the MAF would cause the ABS light to come on as well as the ASR light. When I forgot to plug in my MAF, only the ASR stayed lit and nothing else.
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Front left ABS wheel speed sensor: ECSTuning has them for $39.99 plus shipping. First check the wires going to the sensor, then spray it with elec. cleaner, find someone to check the car with vag-com, and if that doesnt fix it, your gonn ahave to buy a new sensor from ecstuning, install it and thats gonna take care of your abs, asr and brake lights at once. Good luck.
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Default Got the ASR to trun off only the ABS light is on now

Hey everybody:
I went to the local VW dealership and ordered the front left speed sensor wiring harness...it took about two hours to install and it turned off the ASR light that was staying on.....and i also replaced the brake light switch...two down one to go...im still having an issue with the ABS light staying on...i took off the Bosh MAf sensor and cleaned it and the light is still on..any ideas..
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Just wanted to let everyone know that everything is fixed...thanks everybody...it seems that the wire harness fixed everything..
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