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    Cleaning ABS Sensors

    Anybody have any pictures or do it yourself instructions on how to go about cleaning the ABS sensors in a 2001 passat 1.8 AUG.

    I'm getting the annoying ABS and the brakes make a noise almost like the ABS detects that the brakes don't go in and kicks in. Something weird, sometimes it'll make a noise.

    So I'm trying to trouble shoot the whole ABS thing but don't have a clue on how to go about it.

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    I think I have told you this before...

    jack the car up and put it on jackstands.
    pull each front wheel.
    the ABS sensor fits into the front of each hub - using a pair of pliers, pull the sensor out of the hub.
    wipe the face of the sensor with a clean, dry soft cloth.
    reinsert the sensor.
    reinstall each wheel.
    properly torque each wheel bolt after the car is on the ground to 89 ft lbs.
    test drive it.

    if it continues, it isn't the ABS sensor - it could be the sensor ring on the axle.

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    Thanks Jay, I had lost the last post and didn't seem to get an email notification of responce.

    Can I just use a blank cloth? Or is there anything I can spray on it?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by legacy9x View Post
    Thanks Jay, I had lost the last post and didn't seem to get an email notification of responce.

    Can I just use a blank cloth? Or is there anything I can spray on it?

    Thanks
    I have used WD 40 to clean them. Haven't had a problem..I usually have to clean them after I drove in the rain. BTW Jay gave me the same instructions before and haven't had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skippy123091 View Post
    I have used WD 40 to clean them. Haven't had a problem..I usually have to clean them after I drove in the rain. BTW Jay gave me the same instructions before and haven't had a problem.
    So I remove the sensor, wipe with cloth then spray WD 40?

    Sweet, I'll do that tomorrow once I get out of the office.

    Thanks guys, always so helpful. I have no idea which tire it may be so I'm going to have to do it to all 4 sensors and hopefully I get a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legacy9x View Post
    So I remove the sensor, wipe with cloth then spray WD 40?

    Sweet, I'll do that tomorrow once I get out of the office.

    Thanks guys, always so helpful. I have no idea which tire it may be so I'm going to have to do it to all 4 sensors and hopefully I get a result.
    Remove the sensor and spray wd 40. Wipe it clean with a rag. I suggest you clean where the sensor goes as well. The rear abs sensors just wipe those clean with a rag. Goodluck!

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    I used brake cleaner on my sensors, and I followed the Bentley recommendation to spread a thin coat of wheel bearing grease on the sides (rounded cylinder part, NOT the face) on reinstallation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTheSnork View Post
    I think I have told you this before...

    jack the car up and put it on jackstands.
    pull each front wheel.
    the ABS sensor fits into the front of each hub - using a pair of pliers, pull the sensor out of the hub.
    wipe the face of the sensor with a clean, dry soft cloth.
    reinsert the sensor.
    reinstall each wheel.
    properly torque each wheel bolt after the car is on the ground to 89 ft lbs.
    test drive it.

    if it continues, it isn't the ABS sensor - it could be the sensor ring on the axle.
    Well, took wheel off, pulled out plyers, pressure pliyers and have been trying to take off the sensor, the damn plastic nearly broke all off but it won't come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legacy9x View Post
    Well, took wheel off, pulled out plyers, pressure pliyers and have been trying to take off the sensor, the damn plastic nearly broke all off but it won't come out.
    That's why you're supposed to lube the sides of the sensor.

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    can any of u post some pics about how to do this????

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    That's about when I gave up with mine. Drove all Winter with no ABS or traction control. Have a new sensor coming, though, so THIS time...is DEMOLITION time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Jollimore View Post
    That's about when I gave up with mine. Drove all Winter with no ABS or traction control. Have a new sensor coming, though, so THIS time...is DEMOLITION time...
    Sucks right, haha.

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    I am going to buy the back brake pads for my car this friday and diving into it..

    Will attempt to lube the sensors and clean them, as well as spin the wheel and record it..

    Wish me luck guys, I will try to get you guys some pictures

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