Nissan Maxima ABS Control Module Replacement Cost

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ABS Control Module Replacement
The average cost for a Nissan Maxima ABS control module replacement is between $1,466 and $1,478. Labor costs are estimated between $44 and $56 while parts are priced at $1422. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

What is an ABS control module?

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.

How does the ABS control module work?

The ABS system is designed to keep the brakes from locking up on 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.

What are the symptoms related to a bad ABS control module?

Generally, if the ABS control module fails, the brakes will still function, however, the vehicle will not have skid protection in a turn, under hard acceleration, during hard braking, or if any of the wheels leave the tarmac. ABS, traction control system (TCS), and vehicle stability warning lights will illuminate on the dashboard if the ABS control module suffers failure, and trouble codes specific to the ABS system will be stored in the ECU memory.

Can I drive with an ABS control module problem?

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.

How often do ABS control modules need to be replaced?

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.

How are ABS control module issues diagnosed?

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.

ABS Control Module Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for an ABS Control Module Replacement is between $1466 and $1478 but can vary from car to car.

How is a ABS control module replaced?

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.

RepairPal Recommendations for ABS control module issues

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.

What to look out for when dealing with ABS control module issues

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.

Can I replace the ABS control module myself?

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.