Help! - ABS Light On and Car Barely Moves
1997 528i with 170K miles. I am currently in Afghanistan (will be home in 2 more weeks) so I am getting this second hand. The daughter was coming home late last night when she said the ABS light came on and the car would barely move. She managed to make it home, but the "car will just barely move". The Check Engine Light is NOT on but the ABS Light IS on. From what I have read on prior posts, it's either the ABS Module or one of the ABS Wheel Sensors, but none of the prior posts describe the car not wanting to move.
I'm thinking that the module is telling the brakes to come on while the car is moving, thus the brakes are preventing the car from moving. I tried to ascertain from the girls if the engine was running properly, but could not get an answer that I could rely upon. The absence of the Check Engine Light being on tells me the engine is fine.
What do you guys think??? Am I on the right track????
p.s.: Afghanistan is dusty and cold.Gordon Jones
Re: Help! - ABS Light On and Car Barely Moves
Normally the ABS warning lamp (yellow with "ABS" lettering or with brake symbol) means that the ABS system has been deactivated - and yes that would be due to a fault with the wheel sensor circuits or the ABS module - or it can also be due to loss of communication with other systems.
Therefore the brakes should not be on - although I suppose it is possible that something has gone wrong with the ABS system and it is applying the brakes it is not something that I have heard about before.
Are you sure that it is the ABS warning lamp - as opposed to the ASC warning triangle in the centre of the cluster?
Did you get any information about the driving circumstances when the lamp first came on?
- when car started?
- after applying brakes?
- driving through water or hitting a bump, etc?
Jim, not having an auto what about this? (m)
Assuming it's an auto aren't the wheel sensors used to also tell the tranny when to shift?
It could be possible that the tranny is in 3rd or some other gear making it had for the car to get moving, just a guess.
Gordon, stay safe, safe travels home. One of our's was in Iraq on a 4 month mission. I saw pics of a lot of places, the sand blows right into closed buildings thru any opening no matter how small it is.
I'm a Govt. Civilian Contracting Officer
and our third largest customer is the SF group at Camp Vose. I work all of the SF actions and give them top priority. Those guys are a different bunch of folks; quiet, reserved, in top physical condition (all of the girls in the office love to see the SF 'hotties' come in to see me!), and anyone with half a brain can tell at a glance that they are one bunch of bad-asses. Most here have beards (Afghans only respect men with beards), don't comply with military uniform requirements (they wear whatever they want to while everyone else frets over wearing cold weather jackets with warm weather shoes, etc.), and they get the best of everything - because they need it and deserve it. These guys are true warriors. If your son makes it, he will have accomplished quite a feat and you should be proud.Gordon Jones
Re: I'm a Govt. Civilian Contracting Officer
Had he not wrecked his Yamaha R1 motorcycle a few months ago resulting in a broken thumb, shattered collarbone, and surgery to repair both, he would have graduated a few weeks ago. But with recuperation time etc, he's be moved back in the training cycle.
There is no doubt in my mind that he'll earn his Green Beret. He lives for a challenge, and was one of the youngest to ever become a Ranger. Thank you for helping our men and women over there, and let us know how the car problem works out.
or a bad MAF sensor... check for both
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