Is the ABS light illuminated on your Volkswagen dashboard? Learn how to fix the problem by replacing your Volkswagen’s ABS wheel speed sensor. This guide provides instructions on replacing a Volkswagen ABS Wheel Speed Sensor.
For more help, watch the short video clip above or follow the step-by-step instructions below.
What you will need
- Start by reading the codes with an ABS Scanner via the OBD-II port under the dashboard. This will allow you to determine which sensor is faulty.
- Remove the plastic caps from the lug nuts with a flathead screwdriver. Loosen the lug nuts, but do not remove them yet.
- Jack up the vehicle and secure it with jack stands. Do not rely on just the floor jack. The vehicle must be secured with jack stands as well.
- Take a small flat-blade screwdriver or the requisite specific Volkswagen tool. Either will work just fine. Next, depress the small clip holding the sensor wire to the sensor and remove the connector from the sensor.
- Take a T30 Torx bit and unscrew the sensor bolt from the wheel hub.
- Remove the old ABS wheel speed sensor by pulling it out.
- Take the new sensor and install it using the same T30 bit.
- Reconnect the ABS wire and make sure it’s firmly seated in the sensor.
- Install the wheel and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft/lbs.
Replacing the ABS wheel speed sensor on a Volkswagen is very simple. These instructions apply to VW Jetta, Golf, Eos, Passat, Bora, Cadi, Routan, and other models. The only thing that will be different is the part number. Order the correct ABS wheel speed sensor that will fit your particular VW.
Can I replace a VW ABS wheel speed sensor myself?
Yes. Replacing a VW ABS wheel speed sensor is easy and can be completed at home.
What are the symptoms of a bad VW ABS sensor?
Symptoms of a faulty ABS sensor on a VW include:
- ABS light on
- Traction control on
- Error message on dashboard
- The brake light may also come on in some cases
- The vehicle may get stuck in limp mode
How do you reset a VW ABS wheel speed sensor?
Once you replace the faulty ABS wheel speed sensor on your VW, the ABS light will reset independently as long as there are no other fault codes. If the ABS light remains on after you replace the ABS wheel speed sensor, you must use an ABS scanner to determine what is wrong.