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Old 05-29-2003, 11:48 PM   #1
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I had the SES and ABS and Traction Off lights all sporatically going off about a month ago, so i brought her in and they replaced the main Pressure Modulator for like $1100. Then i had it for about two days and the lights were going off again, so i brought it back and they said "Needs new speed sensor in right front wheel, $500". So now that THAT'* done, i had it one day and now the SES light came on again tonight??!! Are the ABS systems on 1994 SSEi'* complete CRAP?! I'm starting to wonder if they're going to tell me that one by one every wheel speed sensor will need replacement. Why hte heck would the complete ABS system be having so many problems after only 9 years? My car only has 74000 miles too....

Any thoughts? I'm afraid to bring it back to the garage yet again....
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If I were you I would have given the guy the finger and took y our car home and talked to us. I would tell you that maybe you should reset your codes becuase you might have an old code throwing your lights. Do that by unplugging your batt for about 15-20 min. If that doesnt clear it up then I dont think its your sensors... It might be a short in the Comp. Which is no biggie you just can go swap comps with a junked 94.
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I'm not convinced that problems with the ABS system can cause the SES light to come on, but I would like to know the code now associated with the SES light. It may be an unrelated problem.

The first question I would ask myself is, was the PMV really bad? If it was a good mechanic then hopefully both the PMV and speed sensor were bad. I had to replace the speed sensor once. It is an easier hit if you do it yourself.
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The first question I would ask myself is, was the PMV really bad? If it was a good mechanic then hopefully both the PMV and speed sensor were bad. I had to replace the speed sensor once. It is an easier hit if you do it yourself.
I have taken it to the dealer both times. I need to call them back today. They made it sound like a major deal to replace the front speed sensors- easier for the rear.
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You can get the code read yourself using a handheld scanner, or Autozone will read it for you. Write the code down!

To replace the front speed sensors you have to replace the entire wheel bearing. That'* why it is somewhat costly.
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<<they replaced the main Pressure Modulator for like $1100. Then i had it for about two days and the lights were going off again, so i brought it back and they said "Needs new speed sensor in right front wheel, $500". So now that THAT'* done>>

So....what is you plan to get your money back for that very poor troubleshooting they did? Do not allow them to hose you like that. I get real fired up when I hear a story like that.
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So....what is you plan to get your money back for that very poor troubleshooting they did? Do not allow them to hose you like that. I get real fired up when I hear a story like that.
Apparently my solution was to hand them more money- the situation has gotten worse :( I'm now up to $1700 and the SES light is still coming on (its been in three times in a month, now it will be four times).

Check out "Bonneville vs. Civic Si" in the kills thread
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I know in 92/93, the ABS/TRACTION systems can't set an SES light. 94 may be different, as I know the newer systems can. I just can't remember when they changed over to the next generation. (There'* 4 or 5 different types in our cars over the years).

Like everyone is saying, go no further until you get those codes.
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