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ABS are also called anti-lock braking systems.

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Want to learn more about ABS repairs?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does the ABS system do?

The ABS, or anti-lock braking system, on your car is a super important system that prevents your wheels from locking up and therefore simply skidding across the road surface. The system is especially important when braking in adverse weather conditions, i.e. when the road surface is slippery due to leaves, frost or when there are traces of oil on the road. Because of this, keeping your anti-lock braking systems properly maintained is vital.

There's a couple of components in the system that can cause problems. In many cases it will be the ABS sensors that fail, which means the system will not receive the information it requires to activate the system.

What does an abs fault repair involve?

  • Depending on the specific job - an ABS repair may include all or some of the following steps
  • Mechanic will diagnostically inspect the ABS system.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the faulty ABS sensor and re-test the component.
  • If the ABS module is at fault, the mechanic will advise on the best course of action in order to have it repaired.
  • Mechanic will test drive and inspect the braking system.

Can I do ABS repairs myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend an abs repair is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of an ABS fault?

  • The car's ABS warning light stays on permanently once the engine is started.
  • The brakes lock up very easily when braking on slippery surfaces.
  • The brakes do not respond as well as normal under hard braking

How long will an ABS repair take?

The time an abs repair will take will depend on the type of repair needed and a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace components of the ABS system?

It is rare that an ABS control module has to be replaced as it is an electric component that normally would not need servicing. In some cases, though, it can be that the module's electrical connectors have corroded or that the electrical wires might have been damaged.

Often its ancillaries are more likely to go faulty, like the ABS sensors which can malfunction when covered in debris or grease. Of course, if the ABS warning light is on, it is important to have your car inspected as soon as possible to prevent non-working brakes.

How common are ABS faults?

At least one of the ABS sensors is likely to fail at some point during a vehicles lifetime so its a common repair for mechanics to carry out across all manufacturers. ABS modules, as explained, do not fail that frequently thankfully but faults can occur of course.

What happens when the ABS system fails?

The ABS, or anti-lock braking system, on your car is a super important system that prevents your wheels from locking up and therefore simply skidding across the road surface. The system is especially important when braking in adverse weather conditions, i.e. when the road surface is slippery due to leaves, frost or when there are traces of oil on the road. Because of this, keeping your anti-lock braking systems properly maintained is vital.

There's a couple of components in the system that can cause problems. In many cases it will be the ABS sensors that fail, which means the system will not receive the information it requires to activate the system.

When should you consider replacing the ABS sensors?

You will only know for sure if, and indeed which, ABS sensor requires replacement after a diagnostic investigation has taken place. Therefore we advise in all circumstances that this is carried out prior to booking the replacement of any components.

How much does an ABS sensor replacement cost?

Cost for an ABS sensor replacement is on average £100, with prices ranging from £65 to £140. Ultimately, the cost depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your ABS sensor replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car below!

Is it safe to drive with ABS light on?

If your ABS light comes on it is possible your car is not safe to drive, it signifies a problem with the anti-lock braking system. It is advisable to find assistance from a professional mechanic before you undertake a journey. A mechanic can diagnose the issue and provide an indication on any repairs required.

What are the symptoms of a bad ABS module?

Typical symptoms that would point to an issue with the ABS and would require an ABS diagnostic:

  • The car's ABS warning light stays on permanently once the engine is started
  • The brakes lock up very easily when braking on slippery surfaces
  • The brakes do not respond as well as normal under hard braking

 What does an ABS wheel speed sensor do?

An ABS wheel speed sensor monitors the rotational speed of a wheel and sends a signal to the ABS control module. The ABS control module uses this signal to determine if a wheel is locking up and if the ABS system needs to be activated.

Since ABS sensors are located near the wheels and so close to the road surface, they are constantly exposed to the elements, such as heat, dirt and moisture making it sensitive to quicker wear and tear and damage.

How often will an ABS wheel speed sensor need replacing?

An ABS wheel speed sensor may need replacing anywhere between 30,000-50,000 miles. This is due to the sensitive location of the ABS sensor that can make it prone to wear and tear.

 What are the signs of a bad ABS wheel speed sensor?

A bad ABS wheel speed sensor will often cause the ABS dashboard warning light to come on. Other symptoms may include a loss of traction control, and the vehicle may take longer to stop. It is recommended to get it checked and fixed by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible.

Can you drive with a broken or faulty ABS wheel speed sensor?

While you technically can drive, we recommend that you should NOT drive with a broken ABS wheel speed sensor. While the brakes will still be functional, the electrical components of the ABS system will not function properly. These can be critical in certain conditions such as icy roads. If the ABS light comes on while driving, it is generally ok to continue driving at safe speeds in favourable conditions, but we recommend getting it checked out by a qualified mechanic as soon as possible before you drive the car again.

Is ABS light on a MOT failure?

Yes, if the ABS light is permanently on, it will result in an MOT failure. The rules state that the car will fail if the ABS light does not follow the correct sequence of operation and indicates an ABS fault.

How much does it cost to fix an ABS pump?

Cost to fix an ABS pump replacement can range between £300 - £1000, depending on the severity of the issue and the parts required.

How much does an ABS repair cost?

The cost of an ABS repair depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your ABS system repaired by Clickmechanic. We can help you with an ABS sensor replacement or ABS ring replacement, just select your car at the top of this page to get a quote.

Check out the ClickMechanic price for an abs repair, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include ABS control module and ABS pump. We have abs repair prices for 24 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£564 £595 - £733 Get exact price

Audi

£979 £769 - £1,164 Get exact price

BMW

£1580 £1,835 - £1,872 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£1505 £1,458 - £2,019 Get exact price

Chrysler

£864 £1,078 - £1,078 Get exact price

Citroen

£951 £951 - £1,170 Get exact price

Fiat

£1391 £1,311 - £1,695 Get exact price

Ford

£1268 £1,102 - £1,712 Get exact price

Hyundai

£923 £1,084 - £1,123 Get exact price

Lexus

£3177 £3,409 - £3,448 Get exact price

Mazda

£1347 £1,500 - £1,680 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£2230 £2,026 - £2,841 Get exact price

MINI

£1237 £1,398 - £1,713 Get exact price

Peugeot

£443 £446 - £669 Get exact price

Renault

£875 £712 - £1,435 Get exact price

Saab

£724 £759 - £891 Get exact price

SEAT

£1062 £1,202 - £1,286 Get exact price

Skoda

£1070 £1,218 - £1,390 Get exact price

Smart

£1051 £1,097 - £1,192 Get exact price

Subaru

£385 £445 - £445 Get exact price

Toyota

£547 £557 - £557 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£996 £1,015 - £1,229 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£1083 £1,275 - £1,361 Get exact price

Volvo

£1388 £1,347 - £1,915 Get exact price

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  • Mitsubishi Fuso
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  • Ford US
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  • Maybach
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Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for an abs repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent ABS repair quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£445.97

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£1,094.37

ABS pump replacement

Smart fortwo
Whitchurch
£923.22

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£565.29

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Wigan

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