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Volkswagen ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement

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

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  1. 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. 
  2. Remove the plastic caps from the lug nuts with a flathead screwdriver. Loosen the lug nuts but do not remove them yet. remove vw lug nut cap
  3. 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. jack up vehicle
  4. 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.vw abs sensor wire
  5. Take a T30 Torx bit, and unscrew the sensor bolt from the wheel hub.  vw abs sensor location
  6. Remove the old ABS wheel speed sensor by pulling it out.
  7. Take the new sensor and install it using the same T30 bit. VW abs wheel speed sensor
  8. Reconnect the ABS wire and make sure it’s firmly seated in the sensor.
  9. 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. Make sure to 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 on its own as long as there are no other fault codes. If the ABS light remains on after you replace the ABS wheel speed sensor, you will need to use an ABS scanner to find out what is wrong.

We hope you find the Volkswagen ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mercedes-Benz.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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  1. really appreciate this, saved me a ton of time