View Full Version : help with dash lights

03-16-2008, 09:58 PM
My car recently had body work done. The battery was disconnected and reconnected only now my abs light and traction control light are always on. Any ideas on how this happened and how I can fix it?
thanks guys

03-16-2008, 11:19 PM
I'd go back to whoever did the body work, they probably messed up something when removing wheels (if they did that). Either way if everythign was ok when you left the car and now it isn't I'd go back to them.

03-17-2008, 11:00 PM
nobody has any ideas?

03-17-2008, 11:13 PM
im with what redster said!! hands down

03-17-2008, 11:25 PM
it's tough to go back as i got it done out of town
is there a way to do a reset?

03-18-2008, 12:07 AM
if ne thing probably need to calibrate your steering angle sensor.... u can try turning the wheel complete lock to lock than back to centre..... but since it hasn't come off since u took the car back... problems probably with ur wheel speed sensors...

what kind of car is it...

03-18-2008, 12:15 AM
97 328is

03-18-2008, 01:16 AM
There is no steering angle sensor that I know of in an e36. There is probably a wheel speed sensor disconnected or broken. There is one at each wheel used to determine if a wheel is spinning slower or faster then the others so ABS or ASC can intervene.

03-18-2008, 12:04 PM
You can check if the speed sensor is disconnected or maybe got dirty (oil, pain etc) and lost connection, but if something is broken as a result of work they did why should you pay to fix it..

Dr. Flyview
03-18-2008, 01:30 PM
Where are the speed sensors located exactly?

03-18-2008, 01:35 PM
Where are the speed sensors located exactly?

There is one at each wheel. On the front spindles the are located below where the strut ends, on the backside of the spindle/kingpin. They were held by a single hex hex bolt. On the rear wheels they're located on the backside of the trailing arm, not far from where the CV axle enters the trailing arm, it is also held in by a hex bolt.

03-19-2008, 06:54 PM
how expensive of a fix is this exactly?
note: this has happened before but corrected itself somehow

03-19-2008, 09:29 PM
It depends, it can be just a matter of plugging in the sensor again, or it can be a totally damaged sensor that needs to be replaced.

04-04-2008, 12:52 PM
i'm not sure how this happened but when I started my car today the abs light and traction control light were off. Somehow it fixed itself because they are back to working.
I'm not sure how this happened?

Dr. Flyview
04-04-2008, 01:16 PM
It may come back.

On my other car, apparently both ABS front sensors were gone (scanned) but when the problem first appeared, the light would go on and off once in a while until eventually it just stayed on...