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Handbrake makes ABS and brake warning lights come on

dope Jul 5, 2013

  1. dope

    dope alcoholic pervert

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    Chaps.

    Like it says. Only it only happens if the handbrake is used with the car facing uphill, like doing a hillstart.

    When I say ABS and brake warning lights I mean the little red ones in a circle, one says ABS the other has a exclaimation mark in a triangle.

    They go out and don't come back on when the key is removed from the ignition, until the next hillstart scenario.

    I changed the front pads and bled the fronts last week and everything feels fine under braking. Didn't touch the back at all.

    Anyone any thoughts?
     
  2. dope

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    bump

    Keeps doing it. Anyone had anything similar?
     
  3. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    check your brake fluid level!
     
  4. SmoothAssault

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    I could be wrong, (not driven my car for a few months) but doesn't the red exclamation mark one always come on when the handbrake is applied? ABS light coming on is a strange one though.
     
  5. dope

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    It's full. The front pads were well worn when I replaced them so there was a lot of pushing the pistons back, hence the fluid was already maxing out. Then I bled it, topping up as needed.
     
  6. dope

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    I think there's a different one for when the handbrake is on. Something resembling brake shoes round a drum. And it goes off when the handbrake is off.
     
  7. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    seems a bit odd!

    I mentioned fluid as it only does it on a hill it could have been low fluid exposing the sensor

    I would say a scan is in order to see if anything is amiss
     
  8. dope

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    Yeah - I see where you're going with that. It would make sense.

    I might change the rear pads. Maybe the problem will go away. Failing that, as you say, a scan it is.
     
  9. hades-

    hades- Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    iv never known pads front or back trigger the ABS sensor

    they rears dont have a wear indicator either
     
  10. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    after reading this again I would check the ABS sensors one of them may have come loose and popping out on a hill then going back in??

    also do a scan before replacing anything

    stick your location in your profile so people know where you are someone close may be able to offer a scan

    I have full vcds if it helps
     
  11. dope

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    Thanks for the offer stu. Updated my profile and as you can see we're miles apart!

    I guess it's more than probable I knocked an ABS sensor when changing the pads. Not that I noticed them! Are they obvious?
     
  12. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    yup they arent far from the brakes have a look you will see them
     

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