Wayhey! My ABS light is on along with the red warning in DIS and the obligatory loud beeps. So, I plug in my ebay special cable, and try to read the fault code with VCDS lite...
...and nothing. Nothing as in cannot see any modules. I seem to recall about this time last year (well before the ABS fault), I was having issues with the cheap cable after just a couple of weeks. So I suppose the first question is how long do these cheapo cables tend to last?
Secondly, and far more importantly in the absence of a fault code, any suggestions on the ABS? It seems like the control module seems to be a common failure, and I have had the warning come on before I have even moved the car, whilst defrosting it. This would suggest to me a module failure becoming apparent whilst being warmed by engine heatsoak, rather than a wheel sensor warming up from brake use. But is the fault stored in the diagnostic memory, and then displayed at a random point after start up, making my assumption wrong?
If it is the module, should I, a) go for a recon (BBA Reman) at £100 or more; b) take my chances on ebay second hand part at £40 ish; or c) get out the soldering iron and try not to banjax the whole module (like I did trying to fix the washing machine a couple of years back )?