BMW Alpina B7 xDrive ABS Brake Control Module Replacement Cost
How Much Does an ABS Control Module Replacement Cost?
ABS Control Module Replacement Service and Cost
The anti-lock braking (ABS) control module is a computer that constantly receives information from the wheel speed sensors, and uses that data to prevent the vehicle from losing stability and traction in case the need arises.
The ABS system is designed to keep the brakes from stopping one of the wheels while the vehicle is in motion by quickly engaging and disengaging the brakes in rapid succession until the vehicle is out of harm's way. The ABS control module is the brain of this system, and is physically attached to the brake lines to control the amount of pressure that is being applied when the driver depresses the brake pedal.
Failure of the ABS control module does not disable the vehicle, but safety is a concern as drivers become accustomed to the road manners of their vehicle's. If hard braking that is normally controlled by the ABS control module is necessary, a collision may occur. We do recommend towing the vehicle to a repair facility if the brakes feel unusual under light or normal driving conditions.
ABS control module replacement is less common than most other repairs. If the brake system is properly maintained, the ABS control module can be expected to last the lifetime of the vehicle in most cases.
ABS Control Module Replacement Repair Information
Anti-lock braking systems are complex, and are typically diagnosed through professional computer scanning equipment, or manufacturer specific software. The technician will communicate with the ABS control module via computer, and view real-time data to determine what fault has been detected, and how the system is behaving. Finally, if the module is suspected of failure, the module inputs and outputs must be tested physically to ensure the ABS control module is at fault before confirming the diagnosis.
Once the battery is disconnected, the technician must remove all electrical connections from the module, and all brake lines from the distribution block, which is attached to the ABS control module. Once the new control module is installed, the brake system is flushed and bled, and manufacturer specific software updates will be made.
During this repair, the entire braking system should be inspected, and the brake fluid will be completely flushed and replaced to prevent contamination of the new ABS control module.
The ABS module should not be assumed faulty, and must be tested to prevent costly misdiagnosis. They are typically very expensive, and, normally, the part is only available for purchase from the manufacturer. Replacement cost will vary for different makes and models because of parts pricing differences, and accessibility issues for the servicing technician.
Replacing the ABS control module requires advanced knowledge, and manufacturer software in order to update the new control module. This is not a DIY friendly repair.