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ABS Relay Sticking - Can I Repair relay, rather than buy a new one?

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 12:24 PM

I am experiencing the sticking ABS relay problem :mad: as described by others on this forum, such as here:

http://www.ultimates...light=abs relay

It has occured just twice in 4-5 months, and a quick tap with a screwdriver stops it immediately.

My question:
Rather than buy a new relay ($$ is tight) is my relay repairable? I'm thinking that if it is just a simple mechanical problem, such as worn contacts, or something crudded-up, there may be a simple fix, especially since the relay is not totally bad.

What do you think of fixing the relay?

I know, the best thing to do is to buy a new relay. But $$ is tight, so it would be helpful to postone that outlay for awhile.

Thanks, oh gurus!

#2 EVOthis


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Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:12 PM

they are expensive your right about that...i called the dealership around me and they wanted $70 for one.......

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 03:21 PM

best bet is to get a used one. many people have access to parts cars or junk yards where these things are worth pocket change. post in the parts wanted forum or stop by a junk yard.

you could try diassembling it and cleaning the contacts though. they are rather simple in design and function, though i've never taken one apart.

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:32 PM

If its already broken, you can't make it any worse. Try to clean the contacts.

If not a used one will work.


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Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:11 AM

I was going to do the same thing last winter. In fact I still have them from my 95 Legacy. I had an ABS code (rear wheel sensor) and the pump turned on. I replaced the sensor and both relays (not sure if they were needed). I could sell you my old relays, as-is, for next to nothing. At least you could learn from opening yours up and use these in the mean time. They are working now, but hate to sell anything that I had a possible issue with.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:07 PM

I had the same problem. I just took it out. Drenched it in contact cleaner. Then hit it a few times. So far has been a few years, and no abs relay sticking :banana: This better not jinx it :dead:



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Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:28 PM

Good advice: Always look for the siimple solution first!

Contact cleaner - a great invention.

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