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    Re: Traction control and handbrake light(FIXED)

    Well the misses had the front lower arms , the lollipop bushes and anti roll bar bushes replaced but now the traction control light is on along with the orange handbrake light. Any idea what is causing this? The mechanic seems to think that because the above was changed, the tracking is out and causing the lights to come on. He's saying once the tracking is sorted the problem will go away. Does this sound right? (tracking booked for next weekend by the way - she is away this weekend)

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    Nah mate he's wrong! Tracking would need to be a mile out! It's more than likely they have fooked a sensor when they had it in bits, take it back and get them to sort it out! Whilst the lights are on you have no ABS or TRACTION CONTROL working!

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    they have fucked up an ABS sensor ide say...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny-c2 View Post
    Nah mate he's wrong! Tracking would need to be a mile out! It's more than likely they have fooked a sensor when they had it in bits, take it back and get them to sort it out! Whilst the lights are on you have no ABS or TRACTION CONTROL working!
    Mine was visibly out (visible to the eye) with steering wheel half a turn out when I drove it to the garage after replacing inner & outer track rods - had to turn off the DSC as it was constantly triggering with flashing light...

    2 steady warning lights on dash will likely be a damaged sensor or sensor left unplugged.
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    Re: Traction control and handbrake light

    Did the lights come in straight away or was it after u had driven for a while?

    If it was after u had driven for a while it will be because the tracking is out, it throws the steering angle sensor out so the car doesn't know what it's doing and cuts the traction control and abs. I had the same in my 335 after driving about 10 mins with the steering wheel at about a 30 degree angle in the straight line. I also had to turn my traction control off before it stopped working completely.

    You will probably find that the cruise control won't work either.

    Find a BMW specialist to plug a lap top in and recalibrate the steering angle sensor
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    Well got the tracking sorted on Saturday. While up on the ramp I had a nose around the sensors. All in tack and no sign of damage...in fact there was no sign of the sensors being interfered with at all. But the traction control light was still on after the tracking so drove straight to the mechanic. First thing he said was how many miles have you driven? I had done about 3 or 4 but he said that wasn't enough so we drove around some more...guess what?...the light went out. Fair play to him he still got out his 'thingy bob' to plug into the OBD and checked the stability programme and some other bits. Didn't realise you can monitor the steering wheel position from this little gadget. Anyway all sorted now and the car is an absolute peach to drive. Got to confess but I enjoy the drive in the e46 more than the e93!

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    Re: Traction control and handbrake light(FIXED)

    Quote Originally Posted by gaza01 View Post
    Well got the tracking sorted on Saturday. While up on the ramp I had a nose around the sensors. All in tack and no sign of damage...in fact there was no sign of the sensors being interfered with at all. But the traction control light was still on after the tracking so drove straight to the mechanic. First thing he said was how many miles have you driven? I had done about 3 or 4 but he said that wasn't enough so we drove around some more...guess what?...the light went out. Fair play to him he still got out his 'thingy bob' to plug into the OBD and checked the stability programme and some other bits. Didn't realise you can monitor the steering wheel position from this little gadget. Anyway all sorted now and the car is an absolute peach to drive. Got to confess but I enjoy the drive in the e46 more than the e93!
    Congrats. Hope it is sorted now.

    Still a possibility of a dodgy ABS sensor though. It could come back. Let's hope not.

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    Traction control and handbrake light on constant

    I had the same issue with my 320ci. I replaced all 4 speed sensors and that didnt fix it. So i bought BMW diagnostic kit off Ebay for 40. Plugged in and came up as sensor 2 on the abs module. So after researching that only BMW can fit the sensors (because they have to program them??) I took it to my local dealership. 65 diagnosis + 285 to supply, fit and program the both 1 and 2 sensors.

    By the way .... Anyone in Stoke on trent need any engine codes reading, I have the kit now so drop me an email.

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    318ci traction control and brake light!

    Quote Originally Posted by bigfatdan View Post
    I had the same issue with my 320ci. I replaced all 4 speed sensors and that didnt fix it. So i bought BMW diagnostic kit off Ebay for 40. Plugged in and came up as sensor 2 on the abs module. So after researching that only BMW can fit the sensors (because they have to program them??) I took it to my local dealership. 65 diagnosis + 285 to supply, fit and program the both 1 and 2 sensors.

    By the way .... Anyone in Stoke on trent need any engine codes reading, I have the kit now so drop me an email.
    Hey! I have this issue. Could I be cheeky and use your kit to read the code? I need to sell my car soon, so I'd rather not go to a garage until I'm sure what's wrong with it.

    I live just outside of Stoke.

    Thanks mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfatdan View Post
    I had the same issue with my 320ci. I replaced all 4 speed sensors and that didnt fix it. So i bought BMW diagnostic kit off Ebay for 40. Plugged in and came up as sensor 2 on the abs module. So after researching that only BMW can fit the sensors (because they have to program them??) I took it to my local dealership. 65 diagnosis + 285 to supply, fit and program the both 1 and 2 sensors.

    By the way .... Anyone in Stoke on trent need any engine codes reading, I have the kit now so drop me an email.
    Hi Dan,

    I know I am a new member but I was wondering how much you would charge to read my fault code. I have an elm 327 but it won't show me the DSC or ABS. I am local to Stoke. Thanks

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