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Old 02-06-2011, 04:24 AM   #1
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abs/traction control light stays on

hi all, i bought a 2000 (x reg) focus cheap i have recently done the following work to it as i'm a 2nd year apprentice mechanic


1.clutch kit
2.thermostat housing
3 heater resistor
4 both front bottom arms
5 front discs and pads

having checked the car over i thought that these jobs would make it mechanically sound but since doing the clutch the abs and traction control light is on most of the time. i ran the intrument cluster in test mode and the following codes came up....bulb,r22,e001, dtc-none. i have also cleaned up the abs sensors so i don't think its that. does anybody know what the codes are or have had the same problems please help. thankyou


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Old 02-06-2011, 05:23 AM   #2
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Is the E brake light coming on as well?
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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the speed sensors down by the wheels can go bad and cause abs light to go off...
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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OK, what's the fluid level like? Is the brake fluid level sensor plugged in? Even if it is, it might be bad (evil coincidence), unplug it, bypass it by bridging the two wires on the plug with a paperclip or solid wire. See if that clears up the lights. It might be that when you bled the slave cylinder, the fluid level dropped low setting off those lights. You might need to disconnect the negative battery terminal to do a hard reset.

Oh those readings you came across on the odometer test function are normal. Where it said bulb, that's the test for all the lights in the instrument cluster- everything should be lit up. R22 and e001 are something I have no idea, but there are about 30 different functions of that test mode, and most make no sense at all. The one that said DTC none, is a test for diagnostic trouble codes, but not all codes show up in this mode so it's best to use a code scanner. There are some really handy functions to the odometer test mode- like battery/alternator voltage, temp sensor readout, and digital tachometer for more specific readout than a gauge needle.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:42 PM   #5
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hiya gents, got an update for you.... i've tested all the abs sensors and they were fine and i tried it on the diognostic machine but it was playing up so i couldn't do a reading of the fault codes but i'll be able to test it again on monday 28th as i work for bmw i can't use ours at work!

nilskjd- yes the e brake light is on??

whynotthinkwhynot- i shorted out the the senor on the brake fluid resivoir and the lights didn't go out??

apart from running it through a test again i dont really know what else to do?? my mate has told me that when i took the driveshafts out to do the clutch i might of done something to the clips in the hub that hold the abs sensor in the hub??? could this be possible. anyway thanks for all the help so far .
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Sounds like the ABS unit might lack +12, chk under the airfilterbox for a red wire paritially chewed off, by the edge of the airfilterbox itself, if this is the case you will also have problems running diag on the ABS unit with some diagnosic gear...
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:34 PM   #7
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Hey Guys - newbie post - 03 Focus ZTW - traction control light and ABS light were on after rear brake job. Redid job completly, checked all connections but still both lights.
Tested brakes and drove to parts store for manual info - didn't address it. Had code check done (although no Check Engine Light was on) and the code reader did see both left and right rear sensor malfunctions had occured. Light stayed on during test; cranked up afterwards and lights went out.

I believe the code check allowed the reset to occur. I'm LUCKY ????

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:48 PM   #8
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Folks another newbie post - Sorry, I would have opened a new post but couldn't for the life of me work out how to post a new thread.

I'm desperately after some help, I need my car for work and I don't really have the means to pay for some expense work to be done on the machine. I'm really hoping the issue is something simple.

So here is the issue..... driving down the road today and when just dabbing the brake (literally dabbing the brake), what seemed like the ABS was kicking back up the pedal, though I was not under heavy breaking and obviously not enough to skid. Now the ABS light is showing in Yellow and what looks like the SKID light, maybe traction light is also on... I have focus 1.4 2001 Y reg so I don't believe I have traction control because I can pull of the odd wheel spin, in the wet only :-).

So moreover, after another mile or so, it seemed the abs was trying to kick in even when not touching the brake, I could feel it through the pedals, and hear it.

Strange thing is, this only happens when the ABS light is of, after another mile, the light comes back on and the ABS issue stops, probably because it's disabled when light indicates the issue.

So, lights go off again, then issue comes back.

Just to let you know I fitted a new down pipe to the cat last week, running better, don't think I knocked anything on the way, not sure if anything to know apart from wires to ABS console, though I would presume that would disable the ABS, meaning the E-brake would come on also.... The E-brake light is NOT on. (I think this due to severed wire a while back, no power to the console and e-brake on also at that time).

Is it worth getting down the local garage and throwing one of the machines on it to see if it can pull up the error? I guess so, or do you think it's something more costly than a simple sensor?

I'm no expert for sure, just learning as I go along..... I would appreciate very much any support you guys can give me.

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