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Volkswagen Passat: 1995-1997 (B4) ABS/Brake light on!


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ABS/Brake light on!
Posted: Mar 29, 2005 9:34 AM
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I have a 96 Passat VR6 the othe rday my ABS/Brake light came on and I lost headlights, heater and wipers. The brakes feel fine. Any ideas, coul dit be the ignition. They go out sometimes when i giggle the key in the ignition!
wohlfarth

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Re: ABS/Brake light on!
Posted: Mar 29, 2005 9:39 AM   in response to: 96VWPassat in response to: 96VWPassat
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It sounds like it could be the electrical part of the ignition switch. This is not a difficult item to replace as far as I know.

Try doing a search on this forum for "ignition switch" or "electrical".

Stan Wohlfarth
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Re: ABS/Brake light on!
Posted: Mar 29, 2005 10:04 AM   in response to: wohlfarth in response to: wohlfarth
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where do i start to replace this item! I have no mechanical skills and a limited budget?!
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Re: ABS/Brake light on!
Posted: Mar 29, 2005 10:36 AM   in response to: 96VWPassat in response to: 96VWPassat
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With no mechanical skills and a limited budget I would suggest taking it to a Volkswagen dealer or a reputable aftermarket shop specializing in Volkswagens.

To do it yourself, you should really have either a paper service manual:
http://www.bentleypublishers.com/product.htm?code=VP97
or a CD-ROM service manual:
http://www.bentleypublishers.com/product.htm?code=VB44
Both of these will show you how to access the ignition switch. You will also need the purchase the part itself.

A VW dealer or aftermarket VW shop should be able to diagnose the problem and repair it much faster than you can yourself. By the time you purchase the manual and the part you may have spent nearly the same as what it will cost to have a shop do the job. And then, what if the problem is something else? Hopefully the shop will diagnose the problem correctly and only replace what is necessary.

Of course, I don't want to discourage you from trying to repair it yourself and purchasing our manual. However, sometimes it's best just to leave this sort of thing to a professional who may have even done the particular repair before and has the experience to do it right the first time.

Let us know how you make out.

Stan Wohlfarth
Bentley Publishers
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Re: ABS/Brake light on!
Posted: Mar 29, 2005 12:36 PM   in response to: wohlfarth in response to: wohlfarth
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Does the new ignition siwtch require me to take the steering wheel off with the air bag and that whole mess?
wohlfarth

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Re: ABS/Brake light on!
Posted: Mar 29, 2005 2:00 PM   in response to: 96VWPassat in response to: 96VWPassat
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From looking at the manual, yes. On some vehicles it is possible to access the rear (electrical part) of the ignition switch without removing the steering wheel and ignition switch housing. However, the '95-'97 Passats do not seem to be one of these vehicles.
Upon reconsideration, I would not consider this an easy repair and would again recommend that you consider taking it to a shop.

-Stan
mellonhd

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Posted: Mar 30, 2005 1:12 PM   in response to: 96VWPassat in response to: 96VWPassat
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