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Volkswagen t5 t32 130: The engine management and abs light

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The engine management and abs light is on the dashboard

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ABS sensor (or wiring to the sensor) failure will often put both the ABS and the engine light on. The engine light comes on as it needs a very accurate speed signal to be able to complete a number of the emissions related functions which are performed within the ECU.
Having said this, its impossible to give an accurate diagnosis using the just the fact that the warning lights have illuminated.
The next step you need to follow is to get the vehicle scanned for diagnostic fault codes which will direct you to the area of the vehicle which is showing the problem.
It's important than when having the vehicle scanned that both the ECU and the ABS control modules are scanned as the ABS fault codes may be more detailed than those which have been passed across to the ECU.
I always recommend getting a full print out of the codes which the technician retrieves as the codes are a more accurate way to diagnose than a verbal description given to you by the garage.

You could always get a handheld scanner and perform this scam yourself, they are readily available from eBay at very low cost. It is the same as with most electronics in as much as you get what you pay for, very cheap hand held scanners will not be able to retrieve all codes but it will do the basics as well as a reset of the light.. fyi simply clearing the light very rarely cures the problem, there needs to be an understanding of what's triggered it, so don't pay for a scan where the answer is suggested as purely clearing the light. It will no doubt reappear after a few miles driving.

A scan will take no more than 15 mins to perform and should be charged accordingly. It doesn't need to be done at a vw garage...

Is it going to cause damage if driven?? Well in general, if the vehicle is still performing normally then you should be fine, but this is not guaranteed, the best advice is to get to a garage as soon as is possible...

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank for your answer the reason I ask the question is cause I want to buy this van and I want to find out if it is expensive to fix the problem or is it worth buy it or will bring more problem from know on thanks

For the cost of a scan its worth getting it checked... Could be a small £10 sensor or a complete exhaust system at the same time...

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