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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:46 PM
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Exclamation DSC, ABS and Brake lights illuminated?

My 528i has the DSC ABS and brake lights illuminated on the instrument cluster, when I park but they soon go off but turn on again when i start it, and then go off again. Could anyone tell me what this is, and how i can fix it? Please any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:01 PM
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Your ABS module has failed, and needs to be repaired. While this takes place your car is usable but do know that your ABS & DSC will be inoperable until the fixed module goes back in. I'm not positive this is the problem but near certain though, please search ABS module to confirm.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:29 PM
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Thanks for the reply, is there DIYS on this? is the part expensive?
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:03 PM
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I'm in the same boat. Dealer confirmed module. They wanted like $1,900. Part # they have on the repair order searched up for about $300. It's on my list to fix.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:17 PM
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Try this website http://www.modulemaster.com
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:24 PM
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What's the deal with coding/programming the module. If we send our broken modudles to BBA or MM, do we need to have the dealer code it?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:08 AM
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does not need recoding if your module

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What's the deal with coding/programming the module. If we send our broken modudles to BBA or MM, do we need to have the dealer code it?
is repaired
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:16 AM
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search function is your friend. Don't tell me you looked!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:45 PM
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search function is your friend. Don't tell me you looked!
Bill (540iman) has written the definitive ABS control module repair DIY ... so he knows what he's talking about.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:29 PM
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Thanks for the info, but is there a way to tell if its the sensors or the module or both?
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:14 AM
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^ Swap the sensors. See if the code follows the sensor. If not, module. That's what the BMW dealer did on my car.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:27 PM
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/GENUINE-OEM-...922509&vxp=mtr
So turns out its the module
Is this the exact part I need?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:32 PM
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It's a very common problem with the E39, since the module is in the engine bay it overheats and fails. The labor shouldn't be much, if you can find an ABS/Traction control module online for cheaper go for it, I'm sure there are DIY's out there. The module is mounted on the passenger side strut tower.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:36 PM
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Go to the VERY best of E39 Links and type /abs F3 and you'll instantly find this, among many others:
- How to diagnose the BMW ABS BRAKE DSC/ASC trifecta (1)
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:44 AM
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E39's are known for having problems with the ABS module. A bad module can cause DSC lights, ABS lights, brake light, lost of speedometer, and cruise control.

This new Bosch unit will fix those dreaded problems. You can try to have yours repaired but there is only a 25% success rate. Why waste shipping costs and time when you can buy a brand new one?
http://www.eaceuroparts.com/catalog/product/426
Take a look at or site and at least check our prices.
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:10 AM
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I had mine rebuilt 3 weeks ago for about $100, including shipping, from BBA Reman in Pennsylvania through one of their Ebay auctions. That price has since gone up to $223 but they apparently run sales pretty often. My experience with them was great.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230748266868...84.m1497.l2649

I considered using these guys but have no idea how reputable they are.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/230765502729...84.m1423.l2649

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Old 10-17-2012, 08:05 AM
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any new module wll have to be coded by dealer

at least one hour labor cost. Your module if it can be rebuilt, does not need recoding
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:45 PM
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I had mine rebuilt 3 weeks ago for about $100, including shipping, from BBA Reman in Pennsylvania through one of their Ebay auctions. That price has since gone up to $223 but they apparently run sales pretty often. My experience with them was great.
Are you sure Pennsylvania is correct? I'd love it if that were the case, but I only know of the Massachusetts location. If there is one in PA, do you have the address?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:03 AM
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MA, not PA. I had the same "Trifecta." I hold out until they have a sale. I bought their eBay auction. Turn around time is 1 day. They received the module in the morning, I had return shipping notice end of day.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:23 AM
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Put the repaired unit from BBA back in last night. So far so good on my commute this morning to work.
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