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When you insert your car key into the ignition and turn it to the on position, you'll notice that your car's anti-lock brake system (ABS) light will turn on and then turn off after a while. This is a safety function that ensures the efficient operation of the ABS. Anti-lock brakes are supporting systems designed to ensure vehicle safety. Operated by an ABS control module, this system monitors the condition of each wheel and the rate by which each wheel spins whenever you step on the brakes. The deceleration rate of each wheel should be within a given value and should be the same with each other. Any discrepancy that indicates the possible occurrence of a slip and locking up should be prevented because this is dangerous, and it is the task of the anti-lock brakes to prevent that. Working with a speed sensor in each wheel and a hydraulic unit, the ABS control module determines when a lock-up is occurring and actuates the system by reducing braking power to the affected wheel until its deceleration rate gets back to normal and it regains traction. Once this is achieved, the ABS becomes inactive again until it detects another possible incident of wheel lock-up.Keeping the ABS unit in top shape is vital to your driving safety. You wouldn't want to have this unit malfunctioning while you drive in rainy or snowy weathers when traction is often reduced and accidents can happen anytime-your life may be at risk here. It is of utmost importance that you maintain the unit and all its parts in tiptop condition. The first thing to remember is to do a regular flush and refill of the brake fluid. It loses its anti-corrosion property after a while and failure to flush it out can cause damage. The wheel sensors should also be regularly checked to ensure that they are clean and functioning well-the operation of the system depends on their efficiency to detect the condition of the wheels, so they cannot go wrong. Pay attention to the blinking ABS light in your vehicle whenever you turn the ignition key on. If it doesn't blink right or if it stays illuminated long after it should have turned off, then the unit may have a problem. Do a thorough inspection to determine the culprit. If it's the ABS control module that's causing it, replace it immediately with a new one. Find your needed replacement here at Auto Parts Warehouse!

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Date Published: July 30,2014

How to Install a New ABS Control Module

Note: These are general instructions for all kinds of automobiles.

The ABS control module is a crucial component of your vehicle, for it is in charge of the anti-lock braking system of your ride. It comes together with the power pump assembly and you can find it on the firewall of your automobile. ABS control modules can sometimes short out and eventually stop working. If that has happened and you already have a new replacement, you'll be able to save money by installing it yourself.

Here is a guide to help in the process of taking out your old ABS control module and putting your new one.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Wrench
  • New ABS control module

Safety Reminder: Always wear protective gear, such as safety glasses and latex gloves, while working on your automobile.

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. Find your automobile's On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) connection, which may be in the upper right portion from where your brake pedal is.
  2. Attach your scan tool into the OBD connection while the key is in the ON position.
  3. Collect all trouble codes and check your vehicle's service manual and look for a trouble code index that guides you to the specific part.
  4. Unplug the negative cable of your automobile.
  5. Open the hood and find your ABS control module, which is usually on the driver's side of the engine compartment's front corner.
  6. Remove the wiring from your vehicle's ABS control module.
  7. Get a wrench to take out the mounting bolts that secure the ABS control module.
  8. Take your busted ABS control module out and put in your new one.
  9. Connect the wiring terminal to your vehicle's new ABS control module.
  10. Get the negative cable reconnected to the battery of your automobile.
  11. Take your vehicle for a road test. Make sure you perform different driving styles, like idle, deceleration, and full throttle, so that the brake ABS module will be able to re-acquire the right commands.
  12. Clear all the codes that are present.
  13. Turn your automobile off.
  14. Turn your automobile on.
  15. See the scanner connection if there are codes that still appear.