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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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1997 Mercedes E230 ABS lamp is on 3 days after fitting a new

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1997 Mercedes E230 ABS lamp is on 3 days after fitting a new battery. Have exchanged ABS pump/ECU and fault still there. Also lamp above the ABS lamp on the instrument cluster.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Mercedes
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It is 26 hours since I asked the question and paid GBP22. Where is my answer?
Peter Small
Expert:  Matt replied 8 months ago.

hello Peter

sorry about the wait

on mercedes

If the battery has been disconnected then it is necessary to perform a zero point calibration of the steering angle sensor. To do this you need to start the car and turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and then all the way to the right 5 or 6 times

if this doesn't extinguish the light then the next step is to get the car plugged into a diagnostic machine which will read off the fault code stored in the ECU (providing the light is still on at this point) and indicate which sensor has failed or whether the fault is more serious.

However with ABS systems 95% of the time its a problem with one of the wheel speed sensors and I'd first check the connections at all four corners first for any signs of corrosion or chafed wiring.
The sensor is located in the wheel hub so you'll have to remove each wheel in turn to inspect them all.
Also check that the toothed wheel that the sensor points to is clean and free of any debris.
you can check each sensor's function by plugging the two output wires into an AC voltmeter and spinning the wheel quite quickly, you should get a voltage signal that increases with rev's.

Its possible that the fault is only a bad connection to one of the wheel sensors.
This may be remedied by removing each wheel in turn and unplugging each sensor and cleaning the contacts with a squirt of electrical contact cleaner. Then refitting.

Expert:  Matt replied 8 months ago.


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