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    ABS Computer - speedometer question

    About six months ago my left rear wheel speed sensor went bad and the speedometer worked intermittently. I continued to drive without repairing it until it stopped working completely (I have GPS speedometer too) and eventually the ABS light came on and that computer is messed up. I know this all now because my dealership diagnosed the codes. Today I replaced the left rear wheel speed sensor and expected the speedometer to start working. No luck. Will it not work while the ABS computer is still fouled up? I plan on sending it for a rebuild but I thought the speedometer would work anyhow. Anyone know?

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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    In my case, the ABS controller went bad but the speedometer still worked.

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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    My ABS light is on although the person I just purchased from says the sensor was replaced, and my speedometer isn't reliable. So, is this at all a DIY fix? Any estimates on how much to replace ABS control module?

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    Re: How much? answered again............

    As has been discussed about 6 times in the last 5 weeks:
    About $610.00 from Roadfly featured vendor Crevier BMW plus 1 hour labor time to code module by dealer or independent with GT-1 or MODIC.


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    Don't do Rebuild. Still have not got my money back

    After 2 months and 4 units I went with a new one. New one worked great.I spent as much for the new one by the time I paid shipping and mechanics to verify the units were not working. Plus my car didn't work for 2 months.

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    Anyone else had problems with rebuilt ABS?

    KD,

    Sounds like you had an utterly miserable experience with the rebuild process. I too had problems with my rebuilt unit but now I know that it was all my fault because I had messed with one of the boards and used the wrong type of solder (acid-based flux) by mistake that eroded the work that they performed. I paid a little extra for my unit to be replaced with a good used one, which was programmed for my car and works fine. K-Bud had a lot of problems with www.autoecu.com but that was a mishandling issue that they eventually corrected. I know K-Bud was very frustrated by the whole thing but it sounds like one of their (ex)staff made a balls-up.

    So, I'd be curious to know if you are an isolated case for a technical problem caused by the rebuild process - are there any others out there that have had problems? Or successes?

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    $300 for a rebuild, no recode needed

    Check eBay for vendors and decide for yourself. Some good reports, some not so good. Need to confirm your controller has gone south first, but typical symptoms can be found by doing a search - all reports on this forum are very similar.

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    Re: $300 for a rebuild, no recode needed

    I just wanted to say thanks to those who suggested getting the module rebuilt. I sent ours to modulemaster and they rebuilt for $300. So far, it's been working fine, the speedo is working again, the abs and asc lights are off. Probably saved hundreds of dollars, if not thousands.

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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    It depends on what is wrong with the ABS unit - but it is the source of the information that is transmitted to the instrument cluster which is then converted to a speed indication.

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    Just to embellish on Jim's explanation. I believe all 4 speed sensors are connected to the ABS controller. The ABS takes the readings and then passes the data over communication bus(s) to other controllers which need the info (speedo, CC, tranny control).
    According to the type of ABS controller failure, sometimes the data is passed on and sometimes it is not.

    If my information is correct, then your cruise control should also not be working and your auto tranny should be having shifting problems.
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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    >>"If my information is correct, then your cruise control should also not be working and your auto tranny should be having shifting problems."


    Um, not precisely. One - search on "ABS controller" and you'll find this over and over.....Depending on EXACTLY which part of ABS ECU fails, you may or may NOT have either cruise, speedo, trans issues.

    Speed is left rear sensor and associated ABS circuitry, cruise is rr. Unless both are effected( or both sensors bad), one will work, the other will not. Trans is rumored to be a front sensor and circuitry, BTW.

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    Give me an example post of someone with the following condition.
    A failing ABS controller that does not pass the info from a good sensor but passes on the info from the other good sensors. Thatís the situation you describe as common.
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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    Yes my cruise control is working fine - never had a problem with it. Apparently because I continued to drive with a bad left rear wheel speed sensor is has fouled up that function of the ABS module. I have removed the module and will be sending in for repair. I'll update with results once completed.

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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    Um, lemme think.... oh...my firsthand expierience?
    Cruise - OK
    GAL - Nope
    Speedo/odo - Nope
    Trans - OK
    Wiper speed - Nope


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    Re: ABS Computer - speedometer question

    My mechanic told me I needed to replace the ABS unit and a wheel sensor. I decided to send the ABS to module masters. They returned it saying they could not determine that it needed to be rebuilt. I will be replacing the rear driver side wheel sensor since my speedometer is not working. I noticed that my brake light has gone from amber to red. Is it possible that some further damaged has occured from driving my X5 with a bad wheel sensor? Will replacing the wheel sensor reset my ABS light, triangle light and brake light? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    My abs computer failed about a year ago. But speedometer continued to work. Dealer replaced two sensors, abs light returned.dealer replaced the ABS computer (good willed it, because of replacings two sensor w/o fix) all is well. But speedo always worked,
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    If you re-read Rajaie's post, you'll see what he posted is correct.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mikolasr View Post
    About six months ago my left rear wheel speed sensor went bad and the speedometer worked intermittently. I continued to drive without repairing it until it stopped working completely (I have GPS speedometer too) and eventually the ABS light came on and that computer is messed up. I know this all now because my dealership diagnosed the codes. Today I replaced the left rear wheel speed sensor and expected the speedometer to start working. No luck. Will it not work while the ABS computer is still fouled up? I plan on sending it for a rebuild but I thought the speedometer would work anyhow. Anyone know?
    I have had exactly the same problem and after BMW telling me i needed a new gearbox i contacted an auto transmition company who told me it's not the gearbox and i should contact an auto electrition which i did who confirmed my thoughts that it was in actual fact the ABS module so i bought one new from a place in Canvey irland at a cost of £300.00 put it on the car and all is now ok . You will need it programed into the cars ECU after fitting it , It's only held in by six screws but make sure that you disconect the battery first or you could blow the new unit . Good luck
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