My brother's 2001 Park Ave started showing the ABS warning light.
with On Star he continued on the trip. He took the car to an
independent shop which
found that the fault was with a unit at one of the wheels. The unit
costs several hundred dollars.
The tech told him that he can safely drive the car without ABS rather
than replace the part.
Apparently, the ABS shuts down due to the failed part and the car
performs as it would
without ABS. My brother is comfortable with that, if it's true. Is
it? The car has 128k miles
and will be replaced in a year or two.
Yes, it should function like a car with no ABS. If he is planning to sell
the car in a year or two, it may have no (or greatly diminished) value for
that reason. In some states, it may not be legal to sell it knowing thee is
a fault in the braking system.
What is the possibility of a used part at a reasonable price?
ABS sensor which is integral to the wheel bearing. Yes... it is perfectly
safe to drive that way. ABS will no longer function, but if the driver has
the requisite skills to operate a vehicle without ABS, then all is well.
And remember what I always say: Check with your local laws regarding motor
vehicle inspections, it may not pass inspection with inoperative ABS.
For instance, the Nova Scotia Inspection Manual states:
"Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
shall operate in accordance with
I would say if someone is charging several hundred dollars for one of these
they are ripping you off. The last bearing and sensor I bought was less than
than two hundred dollars, we install them around here for fifty dollars. So
you should have less than $250 total in it.
Last time I checked, "several" can mean 2. We sell these hub and bearing
assemblies and they are/can be well over 3-400 dollars depending on the
model. Sure....stick in a cheap aftermarket knockoff.....we have....and
have to replace them within a few months.
You install them for around 50 dollars? I suppose that depends on what the
going rate is in your area. In our area, we charge 116 an hour. Depends on
the local economy.
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