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Sure. What you have here is a severe case of mis-diagnosis. The clock spring has nothing to do with the ABS activating
The ABS and the Supplemental Restraint System (the air bags) are two different entities.
If the ABS is activating when you press on the brakes, you have a wheel speed sensor issue, or, you have that what the wheel speed sensor 'reads' as the problem.
We have encountered this issue a lot of times. Sometimes, the device that the sensor reads is cracked. This does not allow the sensor to 'count' the revolutions of the device. The device is a 'toothed gear'. The sensor counts the teeth. If there is a problem, the count is reset and the count begins over. This mimics a zero rpm signal of that wheel, which tells the ABS computer that the wheel is skidding (like braking on ice). The thing to do here is have them do a real-time live-data diagnosis on the wheel speed sensors. This is done with their scan tool. They can read what each of the 4 wheels are doing as the vehicle is driven. If any of the reading change, that is where to look. Just because the vehicle has a speed sensor code does not mean the sensor is bad. Rust between the 'teeth' of the read gear can cause a speed sensor code. I would hate to see you buy a clockspring and the problem still be there. If you have a angle sensor issue, you would have an angle sensor code, and they would not have replaced any wheel speed sensors.
Depends on the system.
I would get another opinion. You need to eliminate any wheel speed sensor causes. It is possible that the angle sensor is bad, but I would want 100% proof before I spent that money on a guess.
No workarounds. Sorry. This needs to be diagnosed properly. You cannot defeat a wheel speed sensor or an angle sensor.