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Old 08-03-2011, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ABS and Anti-Skid Dash Lights Always On

Hi all,
Brand new to the forums and hope that you guys can help me. I have read other posts where everyone is so helpful and hope that my issue is minor and can be resolved without going to the dealer.

I recently had the all too common issue with my 300C where I could not shift it out of park. It was not the locking mechanism as I was able to shift beyond that but would bind between Park and Reverse. After reading posts here and watching some YouTube videos, I determined that my proglem was the plastic actuator and spring just in front of the shifter. Of course, could not buy just those parts and needed to buy the whole shifter assembly...

Anyway, after successfully installing the shifter assembly and putting everything back together, I can now shift out of park and everything works great, except that now the ABS light and Anti-Skid dash lights are always on. Never seem both lights on before and happened just after the shifter assembly fix.

I know that there were two wires on the shifter assembly that were plugged back in, one for the light to the indicators on the assembly and the other plugged into the back of the shifter assembly so not sure if there was another wire I did not notice or if there is even anything there that I may have accidentally unplugged when putting the new shifter assembly back in?

So, this is where I need your help! Is this related to the recent fix or is it that something else went wrong that is not related? Is it just a matter of fix one thing and two more break with my rotten luck?

Any suggestions or known fixes would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance guys!
Jerry..

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd be revisiting the condition of the connection of the wire(e) at the left-rear of the shifter that extend to a metallic (as I recall) box located behind the shifter. This box is the sensor for the stability system. A bad connection here could throw the whole ESP system into a tizzy.
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Thanks Desiree... I will give that a try.

Anything else that it may be or should I be looking for?

Thanks again!
Jerry
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Thanks Desiree... I will give that a try.

Anything else that it may be or should I be looking for?

Thanks again!
Jerry
Nope!, that's my $0.02 on the matter.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Zomolomo:

I'm not sure if this would apply to your vehicle without knowing the VIN number, however below is a quote noted in the service procedure for Customer Satisfaction Notification #K39 Transmission Shifter Interlock Lever:

Step #49. Calibrate the Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) using the following procedure:
CAUTION: If the vehicle is equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), once the battery is reconnected, the Steering Angle Sensor (SAS) within the Antilock Brake Module (ABM) needs to be calibrated. The SAS requires calibration (initialization) using the wiTECH scan tool. If the SAS is not calibrated following battery reconnection, the ESP/BAS indicator lamp will flash continuously with no Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC’s).
a. Position the front wheels straight ahead and center the steering wheel.
b. Connect the wiTECH pod to the vehicle data link connector.
c. Place the ignition in the “RUN” position.
d. Launch the wiTECH Diagnostic Application.
e. Starting at the “Vehicle View” screen, select “ABS Icon”.
f. Select the “Misc. Functions” tab.
g. Select “Initialize ECU” from the list.
h. Follow the wiTECH on-screen instruction to complete the drive test.

Hope this may give you some guidance as to what may possibly be causing your concern.
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Tony-nice to see you here! Seems we have several cars with ESP/ABS lights. Mine has been on for a year and the systems are down. Battery never drained low or disconnected. Would the same possible problem exist? I know it's hard to diagnose over the internet,but it seems that so many things could be serviced/replaces and not be needed to. Again another vehicle with no EVIC code
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Yes, you are correct it is very difficult to diagnose a vehicle via the internet and there is a whole host of things that can cause the ABS/ESP lights to illuminate.

However, in regards to the Steering Angle Sensor (SAS), if the Anti-Lock Brake Module detects that the calculated steering wheel angle exceeds what is physically possible some of the possible causes can be:

VEHICLE DAMAGE
STEERING COLUMN / INTERMEDIATE SHAFT DAMAGE
STEERING WHEEL ALIGNMENT
STEERING ANGLE SENSOR LOOSE
STEERING ANGLE SENSOR IMPROPERLY INSTALLED (WRONG MOUNTING POSITION)
WIRING HARNESS, TERMINAL, CONNECTOR DAMAGE
(A913) FUSED IGNITION SWITCH OUTPUT (RUN-ACC) CIRCUIT HIGH RESISTANCE
(Z910) GROUND CIRCUIT HIGH RESISTANCE
STEERING ANGLE SENSOR
ANTI-LOCK BRAKES MODULE

I hope this information may help someone in the forum now or in the future.
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