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Old 07-26-2011, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently had my axel assembly replaced on my 2001 suzuki xl7 passanger side and now my ABS light wont turn off. it runs nice, but wondering what would be causing the light to stay on. thanks.
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The ABS system computer has a failure code which will tell you exactly what the problem is - get the codes read.

A couple of possibilities come to mind ...

1 - the wrong axle may have been used - an axle for a non-ABS vehicle will not have the "tone ring" that tells the ABS system how fast the wheel is turning

2 - the ABS sensor may have been damaged whilst installing the new axle.

3 - the ABS sensor may have been disconnected whilst installing the new axle and not reconnected.
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In my experience the tone wheel fordem is talking about is part of the wheel bearing/hub assembly, It is a gigantic metal ring with small slits cut through it. The speed sensor, also quite bit, sit very very close to the wheel. If that wheel got hit or bent it might be too far away ffrom the sensor causing the problem. It might also be too close and may have impacted/damaged the sensor. You may or may not have heard a griding sound if this happened.
Short of the sensor not being connected at all there is a good chance the harness was damaged. Most of the time you need to remove the whole spindle from the vehicle to get the RF axle out. If you aren't careful/unclip all the harness from the strut and fender apron it WILL be damaged as it is too short to work with when the spindle is being removed. I normally unbolt the whole thing with the brake caliper, ABS sensor etc all intact - just unbolt the brake hose and unclip the ABS harness from the strut and place the entire assembly on a jack stand beside the vehicle.
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Is this a big labor job if I were to bring into the shop??? Thanks.
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To do a quick check of that specific side shouldn't be a big deal at all. Why don't you take it back to the shop that did the axle?? They are the ones that screwed it up most likely.
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What it will cost will, quite obviously, depend on what the problem is - reconnecting a disconnected sensor takes just a few minutes, replacing a failed sensor is a completely different task, and replacing the axle with the correct one - if that is where the problem lies - is again different.

In my experience (which is not on a GV) ABS sensors may become "fixed" in the knuckle, and what should be a 15 minute task - unplug the connector, remove a single bolt, twist and pull the sensor out and replace in the reverse sequence - can become a half day job when the sensor snap leaving half of it in the knuckle, requiring the knuckle to be removed so that the nose of the sensor can be punched or drilled out.
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