Q: Why would the ABS light be on if the ABS module does not see a problem or set a code?

asked by on

I just looked at the abs and the module does not have any codes but the abs light is on and we can't get it to reset where do we start our trouble shooting

My car has 189087 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there:

If the ABS warning light comes on while you are driving, it means the ABS is not working properly. Your normal brakes will work, but the anti-lock brakes will not. If the light remains on, you need to have a mechanic diagnose the ABS Light issue as soon as possible. Since the ABS helps with vehicle control and stopping distances, it is an important safety feature of your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?

Hello, thank you for writing in. Typically the ABS light illuminates when the system is not currently working. This does not mean that the system is simply not activated, but that there is a lack of power to the system and it will not respond if needed. The codes may not set because the component which has failed is not directly monitored. At this point you will want to do a general inspection of the vehicle and its brakes. The wheels may be having an issue, and it is appropriate to check the hubs for excess play. If the vehicle’s wheels and suspension are in good condition, you will want to turn your attention to the brakes and the electronics. Check for any obvious damages to the system. You may have a sensor that is out, and with no codes being set you would have to test those manually with a multi-meter. For more help with the electrical testing, contact our service department to set up an appointment or get a quote.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Why would the ABS light be on if the ABS module does not see a problem or set a code?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: signs

The anti-lock brake system uses sensors in the wheels and other inputs to help control the wheels from sliding, locking up, and to help control the car under certain driving conditions. Issues with the system could include these sensors, any...

Q: How do I use the automatic dimming rear view mirror?

The rear view mirror is a very important safety feature, that gives you visibility through your rear windshield. At night, however, the glare from headlights can make it hard for you to use your rear view mirror. The automatic dimming...

Q: Wire for Check Engine Light was cut

The check engine light bulb should have one 12 volt hot wire that is run in parallel to other bulb lights. You can check for battery voltage between that wire (if you believe you have identified it) and ground. The...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...