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I've been living with this for a long time. I've cleaned the sensors, cleaned and dielectric greased the connectors, shimed the sensors in and out and swapped out the sensors. Every now and then the light will go out for a day or a week or two, but it always comes back on. I really like the ABS when it is working, and it drives me shithouse to have that light on. Anyone have similar issues?
 

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The big question is: Is the ABS actually working when that light is on? I've tested my ABS on a gravel driveway - go about 5 MPH and grab a handful of front brake and release very quickly. Did your wheel slide or did ABS kick in?
 

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Yep, but you'd have to be going quite a bit faster for that to take effect, and that would be one hell of a test... ;)
 

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To test the ABS, I would apply the rear brake only, on a smooth pavement road. If the wheel locks up, keep it locked until you come to a stop so you do not high side. If the wheel does not lock-up and you feel the brake pulsing, it's working. Make sure nobody's around you or you could get rear ended.
 

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That works too, but it's not nearly as fun as my way :D :D
 

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my light has been on for sometime also , its on 90% of the time, i havent done anything though besides try keeping it clean, which is hard to do living on gravel. i figured it was a bad sensor


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The ABS only engages when the light is off. I live on a filthy, dusty unmaintained gravel road too.
 

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Mine is on quite often also, sometimes it goes off for a few days, then it will be on for a day or so. When its on you don't have ABS. Just this morning it was on and I had to hit the brakes for a deer, I tried to apply easily but heard the back tire chirp a little when it briefly locked up. Then on the ride home, it was off again. Go figure.

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I also have this intermittent signal or light on. I clean the censer by spraying water on it with the hose. wac
 

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I had a constant on light on my 13 XC.

Took it in....plugged into digital wrench and it indicated a bad front wheel sensor. Replaced and all is well.

Mine was covered under warranty....but I think the part was listed at about $100.

Not the end of the world.....I think a bad sensor is your likely culprit.
 

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The problem appears to be fixed. Here is what I found.
First, I'm not sure what the original issue was. Whenever I did anything with the sensors such as clean or replace, I'd shim them so that there was a visible gap. Small, but there. I got to thinking maybe I should actually see what the spec is for the gap. Turns out, it needs 1 mm +/- .25 mm. The rear sensor was < than spec. I added a shim. Works fine this morning.
I can't wait to test the front ABS. EEK!
 

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hey thanks ! i will check mine too ! mine started shortly after my first rear tire change and has been intermittant since.


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I might have put up with that light for a day or two but first night ride I had that thing in my field of view, administer black tape and make mental note to fix ASAP. I hate idiot lights reminding me that I am. I have a wife for that.
 

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The problem appears to be fixed. Here is what I found.

First, I'm not sure what the original issue was. Whenever I did anything with the sensors such as clean or replace, I'd shim them so that there was a visible gap. Small, but there. I got to thinking maybe I should actually see what the spec is for the gap. Turns out, it needs 1 mm +/- .25 mm. The rear sensor was < than spec. I added a shim. Works fine this morning.

I can't wait to test the front ABS. EEK!

any news on this? i looked at mine,need a feeler gauge to check, but mine almost looks to far away, not sure how to close the gap if it is , havent looked into it anymore then a glance though , mostly wondering if yours is still fixed?


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any news on this? i looked at mine,need a feeler gauge to check, but mine almost looks to far away, not sure how to close the gap if it is , havent looked into it anymore then a glance though , mostly wondering if yours is still fixed?


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To adjust the gap, remove the sensor and add or remove shims. Don't get it so close ir gets ground up.
My light is back on again. I may need to go with the tape over the light.
 
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