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    Changed my front LH wheel bearing the other day and now the ABS dashboard light is on.

    I've had a diagnostic computer on it and it's come up as "front left wheel sensor - high voltage".

    Anyone know what on earth this could be?

    I'm going to jack the car up tomorrow and make sure the sensor connection is sound, but I'm worried the bearing unit is duff.

    Anyone got any ideas?

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    First of I'd check the connection is tight and clean.

    Then while viewing the data spin the wheel an ensure getting a correct reading

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    Thanks mate... I fitted a cheap aftermarket part from eBay, despite warnings that it might not last long. Bit skint so decided to just replace again if it goes, didn't expect it to have problems so soon though!

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    Usually something simple

    you tube will have plenty of test vids to help aswel

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    I had exact same diagnostic message and it was the cabling. The internal sheathing was breaking down (due to age and water ingress I guess) and there was a start of a short circuit. If I played around with the cable, the symptoms would go away for a while but if the cable was moved in any way, the fault re-surfaced. New cable fixed it. Was front-ns.

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    have you taken in for a run yet? when i changed mine on our bmw, you had to get enough speed up so the speedo would register, then the abs and tc lights went off

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    Balls! Got the computer back on it again, this time with the sensor unplugged...

    As expected the error is "open circuit".

    As soon as the sensor is reconnected I get the high voltage message again. Looks like the cabling is fine and the sensor on the bearing is fooked...

    AAAARGH! This is where the cheapness of buying from ebay gets overshadowed by the hassle of trying to return the damn part...

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    As the guys above have said...

    To be sure its the Sensor on the hub, connect it all up and drive it, get to around 10-20 mph and the fault will clear. It WONT clear until a voltage change has been seen by the ABS system. I had the EXACT same problem with mine.

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    I believe there is a 'reset/calibration' procedure for the wheelspeed sensors that requires getting to 60mph+ then allowing the speed to drop to around 40 (from what I remember) and doing this at least 3 times in a row. The only proviso being that you need to be on a pretty much straight road to do it so that all wheels are effectively doing the same speeds at the same time.

    It may be worth a shot before splashing out on more new parts.

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    What voltage are you getting at sensor?

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