ABS Light Due to Control Module Failure on Volvo S70

The anti-lock brake system (ABS) Control Unit has a high failure rate. When this fault occurs, the ABS light will illuminate and codes may be stored indicating a problem with the ABS Pump Motor, or Wheel Speed Sensors, but the problem is the ABS Control Module.

Other symptoms may include an illuminated Check Engine and transmission shift light. and the speedometer may stop working as well.

Note: The brake system will operate normally however during a panic stop the Anti Lock Brakes will not work and the wheels may lock-up, causing a lack of vehicle control under these situations.

 

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Average mileage: 128,164 (60,000–241,266)
3 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000
41 people reported this problem
21 people shared problem details
1998 Volvo S7080,000
ABS light. Buy a rebuilt one on eBay. Cottage business and reasonable price.
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ABS AND TRACTION LIGHTS COME ON AND OFF...ENGINE LIGHT IS ON. I WAS TOLD THAT THE OXYGEN SENSOR NEEDED TO BE REPLACED AND THAT SHOULD FIX THE PROBLEM---IT DIDN'T. ARE THERE ANY RECALLS FROM VOLVO ON THESE ISSUES
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1998 Volvo S70231,000
Matty Moo repairs these for about $80 and will send you a one with a tool and instructions and you'll need to send your back after removal as core. Put a shim to flex the electrical connection and see if the light goes off and if it does you know it is the ABS. At this point the broken solder joints has been temporally be flex to contact the circuit board. Not a permanent fix but it is working. For safety purchase repaired Module.
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ABS LIGHT STAYS ON CONSTANTLY. THE SPEEDOMETER AND CRUISE CONTROL WORKS OCCASIONALLY, SOMETIMES WHEN I FIRST TAKE OFF IN THE MORNINGS.
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1998 Volvo S70125,000
ABS light will not go off. Speedometer works intermittantly.
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2000 Volvo S70119,000
same as above and need to get it fixed!!! We're going to try to re-sauder the pins in the ABS module ourselves. Go on youtube and a reputable Volvo guy Matthew can show you how to get the ABS module out. You can buy a new one, after market, refurbished or send yours in to get fixed...all much cheaper and under $200. We'll see if we can sauder and clean the pins, otherwise, we'll prob. buy a refurbished one. We're looking at FCB euro or groton.com, there are lots of places to look for them.
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ABS module went out at about 4 years old.
1998 Volvo S70144,000
ABS light comes on and stays on.
My ABS and TRAC lights have been on and off for the last couple of years. With the impending snow storm, I knew I needed to get my ABs repaired. The dealers quoted me around $800. I read ALL the forums and watched all the YouTube videos and they said it has to do with poor electrical connections inside the sealed ABS module. Found www.midwest-abs.com and did an ABS Module swap (versus the repair which was $10 cheaper). Since he sends the E-5 socket (would have cost me $14 just for the stupid socket) and offers lifetime warranty I figured I had nothing to lose. BEST DECISION of my car's life. Module came in the mail in three days, I followed the youtube video and had everything done in about 90-minutes. Easy peasy and my ABS and Trac lights went off. The snow storm hit today and my ABS was working great as I was slip sliding around the city! Give it a shot...the dude, Matt is awesome. https://www.midwest-abs.com
2000 Volvo S7060,000
the same problems. changed ABS.
1998 Volvo S70110,000
Leads in ABS module have been oxidized; re-solder or go online to find one of several companies who specialize in repairing this part.
1998 Volvo S70145,000
This issue has not been fixed.
2000 Volvo S70168,000
ABS light came on with engine light on. The brake was still working however, the speedometer died down and the panel light went out. When I exit from the I-95 & slowed down, then the car stalled. I had to restart again in a complete stop which is a safety hazard.
2000 Volvo S70146,000
Same thing
1998 Volvo S70104,000
Randomlly, a whirring sound came from each wheel when brakes applied. ABS light would come on, stay on for a while, then go off. Shop found and replaced defective rear wheel sensor module which did not correct problem. Then replaced ABS Control unit which corrected problem
1998 Volvo S70109,000
ABS light on, speedometer stopped working. replaced ABS and speedometer now works but ABS and check engine lights come on for a few minutes before one or both go out. replaced with a re-built ABS module to save some cash, so maybe that accounts for the erratic light behavior.
2000 Volvo S70105,000
Just bought the car. Driving along and Check Engine and ABS lights come on. Brought to independent mechanic and he said to replace it $914.
1998 Volvo S7080,000
2nd owner and the ABS and traction control lights are always on. The light does not blink as it should when I turn it on. My Volvo tech said that this module also affects power and economy, not just braking and traction. The on-board computer uses wheel speed readings from the ABS module to make the car run better.
I have this problem, with my 1999 Volvo S70 it seems to be a regular problem with this car, cost over $1,200 to repair.
The speedometer and odometer stop working and the warning lights on the dash light up like a Christmas tree. If I am at a complete stop, the car is sluggish as I accelerate.
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