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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:21 am    Post subject:  Traction & ABS Lights Reply with quote

Hello once again. My 2004 Impala has been running great for me but just recently I've had this issue (which sounds quite common from my research) whereby when I first start my car in the morning or after it has been cooled down for a while and I go to pull away, my Service Traction Control light and ABS light will come on.

At first it was just the TC light coming on like it would if my tires were spinning, although no spinning was actually taking place. Tonight, both the Service Traction Control and the ABS lights came on and stayed on until I pulled over, shut the car off and restarted it again with no issues the rest of the way home.

It sounds like it's either a bad wheel sensor or harness, unless you think it could be something else. I have a friend who owns one of the code machines you plug into your vehicle so I'm hoping to see if we can narrow it down.

In the meantime, I was just wondering, if this is the problem, what kind of costs for repair am I looking at? It's Christmas time and money is tight as you can imagine.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Wheel hub assemblies aren't terrible to do yourself and cost around 100 for a good quality Timkin hub.

Looking at a dealership to do it for you can be like 400/hub

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Same thing happened to me when my rear hub took a dive. Eventually your abs light will go on and you won;t have those problems, but of course no abs either.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

chibiblacksheep wrote:
Wheel hub assemblies aren't terrible to do yourself and cost around 100 for a good quality Timkin hub.

Looking at a dealership to do it for you can be like 400/hub


I believe dealer is usually even more per hub. My parents mechanic quoted me 450 (so i did it myself) and i believe iffy was quoted like 600 a hub at the dealer one time.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

00impala123 wrote:

I believe dealer is usually even more per hub. My parents mechanic quoted me 450 (so i did it myself) and i believe iffy was quoted like 600 a hub at the dealer one time.


That I was. My dealer wanted 1250 to replace two hubs and a local shop wanted 800 to install some sketchy hubs (they couldn't tell me what brand they were). That's why I ended up tackling the job on my own with some Timken hubs.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've never been real handy or confident with doing most repairs myself but I agree, the cost of having a dealer do it can be insane.

Any place I can go on the net to find detailed instructions on how to fix it? I have a buddy who's pretty handy and maybe between the two of us we could get it taken care of.

Just to add...I went out today and had no lights come on at all. Damn thing.

Thanks everyone!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

This should help you out.

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....mp;t=26477

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have repaired the left front wire 3 or 4 times. Just replaced the whole rear ABS harness (got tired of fixing GM's crappy wire)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

bigdog60 wrote:
I have repaired the left front wire 3 or 4 times. Just replaced the whole rear ABS harness (got tired of fixing GM's crappy wire)



I need to replace my front right abs harness as well, every time i turn the wheel to the left all the dummy lights light up on the dashboard.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:31 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

For sure the wheel bearing/harness. I just finished replacing all 4 on my IMPY with timkens, basically the only brand to go with that doesn't seem sketchy. Two were bad so I decided to do all of them for good measure. So if your friend has the correct diagnostic reader, I believe some dont show abs codes? Could be wrong on that, then you can find out which one is faulty.

But for sure, DIY if you have the correct tools. Even if your not that mechanicly minded. It's really not that bad of a job, even if you live in the north.. Atleast for me. Just have a friend with you to help you out. Had OEM on mine with 150k miles. Nothing but a big hammer and muscle can't do Wink. Dealerships and shops just scam scam scam, those prices just seem so unrealistic to me. Especially since I could just do it myself for under 400... Not some 1000 dollar BS
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice and input.

Not sure if my buddies scanner will find ABS faults or not. Guess we'll find out. Smile
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