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ABS Sensor readings

Post by dazthephot » Sun 11 Aug, 2019 16:51

Hi all.

I have yet to buy a code reader so I thought I’d do it old school to see if I have a faulty abs sensor. Trouble is I don’t know what the acceptable range is.

I have approx 1.1k ohms on all but the near side rear which is 1.8k ohms. So is that the suspect one that needs changing or do I need to do another test?

It’s a chore getting all 4 wheels off but it gives me the chance to inspect.

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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by NZ00Z3 » Sun 11 Aug, 2019 21:28

Set your multimeter to AC Volts (auto range) and spin the wheels, you should get a voltage from good sensors.

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Post by dazthephot » Sun 11 Aug, 2019 22:42

NZ00Z3 wrote:Set your multimeter to AC Volts (auto range) and spin the wheels, you should get a voltage from good sensors.
Ok thanks. It’s a right PITA like to access the sensor socket when the wheel is still on plus the pins are male and you can’t get the multimeter probes in. I used a bit of wire on one pin then the probe on the other.


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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by LaRy » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 07:45

I think the sensor showing 1.8kOhm is suspect. Normally it should be around 1 kOhm as you have for the others. If you have a ACS/ABS system type Teves Mk IV, the alarm triggering level is set to 2 kOhm. Another thing you should take in consideration is that the accuracy for multimeters in low ohm area is very poor = it could actually be 2 KOhm. Normally you should always use a real low Ohm meter like a Weaston Bridge, but who owns that?
I would definitely change that sensor, an buy a quality one, not some unbranded Chinese made copy.
Most probably this sensor with odd value will also show a big difference in voltage when spinning the wheel.

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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by pingu » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 10:17

Get a salvage BMW one rather than a new copy.
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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by dazthephot » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 10:31

LaRy wrote:I think the sensor showing 1.8kOhm is suspect. Normally it should be around 1 kOhm as you have for the others. If you have a ACS/ABS system type Teves Mk IV, the alarm triggering level is set to 2 kOhm. Another thing you should take in consideration is that the accuracy for multimeters in low ohm area is very poor = it could actually be 2 KOhm. Normally you should always use a real low Ohm meter like a Weaston Bridge, but who owns that?
I would definitely change that sensor, an buy a quality one, not some unbranded Chinese made copy.
Most probably this sensor with odd value will also show a big difference in voltage when spinning the wheel.
Thanks LaRy

I used to have a Fluke but I couldn’t find it so I used my cheapo multimeter which I doubt is very accurate.
I will change that sensor and see what happens.


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Post by dazthephot » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 10:32

pingu wrote:Get a salvage BMW one rather than a new copy.
Thanks I will see if I can get one, there’s quite a few breakers around the internet. Depends on price saving though over a new one. Big breakers give a short warranty though which is good.


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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by pingu » Mon 12 Aug, 2019 20:23

dazthephot wrote:
Mon 12 Aug, 2019 10:32
pingu wrote:Get a salvage BMW one rather than a new copy.
Thanks I will see if I can get one, there’s quite a few breakers around the internet. Depends on price saving though over a new one. Big breakers give a short warranty though which is good.


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It's not the money saving, but the fact it is a BMW sensor that you are buying. I'd easily pay 50% of full BMW new price for a salvaged original.
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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by LaRy » Tue 13 Aug, 2019 10:56

My opinion, as long as you buy a sensor manufactured by Hella, Bosch or ATE it will work. I have replaced my front wheel sensor, using an ATE, no problem.

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Post by dazthephot » Tue 13 Aug, 2019 22:43

LaRy wrote:My opinion, as long as you buy a sensor manufactured by Hella, Bosch or ATE it will work. I have replaced my front wheel sensor, using an ATE, no problem.
Hmm well in that case I can get a new Hella one for about £30. Worth a punt maybe?
Bizarre the bloody lights have gone off again.

I’ll be honest if it was the relay I still can’t identify it. There’s certainly no big red one with ABS written on it.


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Post by LaRy » Wed 14 Aug, 2019 11:43

https://i.imgur.com/5uE1HOL.jpg

Attaching a picture showing the ABS and ACS relays including text in my fuse box.

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Re: ABS Sensor readings

Post by LaRy » Wed 14 Aug, 2019 16:57

If both the low beam lights are gone, I would guess relay K48 is broken, the smaller green one, placed to the right in my photo. I had to change mine a couple of years ago.
You can test if the high beam light is working, it is independent of the relay.
Those relays are getting old.
Additional information, the picture is valid for a car produced around 1997 -1998.

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Post by dazthephot » Wed 14 Aug, 2019 17:57

LaRy wrote:https://i.imgur.com/5uE1HOL.jpg

Attaching a picture showing the ABS and ACS relays including text in my fuse box.
Thanks LaRy, a bit different to mine. When I say lights I mean dashboard warning lights. It’s raining today and low and behold the lights have come back on. They went off in the dry. Image


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