Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper
If it's a recently purchased car, I'd guess the ABS light has been disabled to hide the ABS fault, which would have been a MoT test failure anyway.
You need to do several things - get the warning light problem identified and corrected - retest the ABS ECU for fault codes and have them properly recorded - check that all your tyres are the same size as differences can confuse the ABS.
Yes, I do believe the ABS was disabled to hide the fault. The 2 ABS fuses were removed, and I didnt realise until at least 6 months after purchase that this had occured. I feel conned and very disappointed. However I am stuck with the car now and I either need to try and get it repaired as cheaply as I can or move the car on again and buy a new one, depending on how economically viable it is to repair.
However, even after replacing the 2 fuses, the ABS light still doesnt come on at all. So I am worried that the bulb/led could have been tampered with in the instrument panel.
The ABS ECU was retested and no further faults seem to have occured.
The ABS does work, albeit this seemingly one wheel intermittently activating ABS (without cause) when braking. It seems to be a common problem and this is more than likely a faulty ring. My question is, would a faulty ring cause an ABS light to stay on. Therefore would this give the seller cause to disable the light somehow (as well as removing the fuses which clearly turns the ABS off as a whole).
Likewise, would removing the fuses cause the ABS light to stay on, again giving cause to disable the light?
How easy is it to replace the bulb/led for the ABS light?
I am considering all options at the moment, but I really could do with some advice from someone with a bit more experience with the car because at the moment all I have to go on is what limited information I can find on the internet.
All tyres are exactly the same size. Near enough same tyre albeit slightly different model. Rears are Goodyear Wrangler AT/R and fronts are Goodyear Wrangler AT/SA
I worry what else I dont know about has happened to this vehicle. I now worry if the mileage is correct, because if someone has tampered with the ABS light, how easy would it have been (having reached that point) to replace the clock? I fear I may have bought a ringer... the front fog lights were missing which I didnt realise at the time were standard on all models. A makeshift wire mesh had been put in their place. Already had to replace PAS lines as they were corroded.