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Old 01-29-2009, 04:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ABS light on after getting stuck in the snow

This is the second time this winter I have had to use some serious 4WD power to get my car out of the snow/ice, and also the 2nd time the ABS light has come on immediately afterwards.

Last time the light turned off soon afterwards, and I'm pretty sure it'll do that this time, too. I need my ABS in these conditions, though, and I recall being told that if the light is on, the ABS shuts off automatically.

Is the sensor just dirty (covered with ice)? Or could I have damaged the ABS by reversing and driving in low gears to get out of the snow?

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Is normal, (at least to my car) and after the snow melt the light well turn off. Happens to me all the time.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine does that too. It always turns off and works just fine.
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When the ABS light flashes, then there is a problem. A lot of times it's just a frozen sensor.

On my old VW one of the sensors completely iced up and the car shut off the ABS with all sorts of lights and buzzers. Oddly enough that car braked better without ABS.
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snow/ice/slush in wheel sensor contact or tone ring.
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Yeah, the e-brake on the legacy does the same thing +abs light on cold days, after warm day its fine and turns off.
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Yeah, the e-brake on the legacy does the same thing +abs light on cold days, after warm day its fine and turns off.
For once my brake light wasn't on! Just the ABS!
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My ABS light is on now constantly on after driving in a light wet-snow blizzard. My door lock switch is now possessed too. Are both of these things moisture related?

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My ABS light is on now constantly on after driving in a light wet-snow blizzard. My door lock switch is now possessed too. Are both of these things moisture related?

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happens to me all the time, i turn the car off then on again and the light always goes off for me
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WOW! I was just about to post the same thread!!

This happened to me last month with that HUGE ice/snow storm in the midwest. At home, we had 8 in of snow, followed by 1.25 in of ice, than another 4 in of snow on top of the ice. REAL nasty!

I pulled into the snow/ice covered entrance to my storage unit (where I keep my classic cars) to steal the batteries out of my cars to use on an inverter. My electricity had gone out and I had to figure a way to keep the sump pump going... Well the dive is steep and it is lower than street level, about 150 ft in length.

I pull up to the gate, and the gate won't open because it it iced shut. Realizing that I had forgotten the keys to my lock, I start to back up out of the drive.

I was spinning the wheels, and then got stuck on the snow bank of the pile of snow the plow driver left at the drive. While spinning, the ABS light came on and stayed lit. Just a note, no amount of cursing will cause the light to turn off...

I was mostly mad, because I was getting ready to make a trip to Louisville to pick up my brother at the airport and ABS is kind-of needed on slick, icy roads.

After 4 ignition cycles, it turned off. Oddly enough, the 4th cycle is when I decided to plug in my scanner to find out what tripped it.

Does anyone have an idea what caused it to trip?
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Does anyone know the part numbers for the ABS speed sensor? Do you think the impreza and Forester ones are the same? My ABS light comes on (and stay on) once I get up to 80 mph. My cruse control light also comes on (blinks repeatedly) now when I start up MY05.
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My ABS light has come on one time. Last winter I was bullying with some snow. Parked the car in a uphill, Put the e-brake on (not so smart) after hours I went out to drive home. 2 things. 1: e-brake frozen so I kinda did not move anywhere and 2: my abs light was on so no abs brakes working. Messed around with the e-brake next day while parked. started to drive and the abs light went off. Never seen it since tho.
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My cruse control light also comes on (blinks repeatedly) now when I start up MY05.
Does the "Check Engine" light come on as well??
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Does the "Check Engine" light come on as well??
Yes, it also started coming on (always) when the cruise light started blinking.
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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It turns out that one of my TGV sensors is the cause of the cruise and check engine lights.
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