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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 11-18-2009, 01:08 AM
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Repairing own ABS module

Anyone on this forum tried to repair their own ABS module. I am an avionics tech by trade and have access to a magi-lamp and solder station so I thought maybe pull it apart and check for dry joints or lifted solder or tracks. If so reflow them and see what happens.

Was hoping someone elso might have given it a go? Anyone got any advice?

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Old 11-18-2009, 05:36 AM
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I posted a diagram of the circuit a while back.
It is doable.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:24 AM
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Please post any information you can about the process if you attempt it! Pictures if possible! It's been reported that the problem area is extremely small and difficult for the average home soldering iron to access, in addition to the steady hands and good eyes required.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:22 AM
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Some fun readings:

http://bmwdriver.org/2008/12/16/e39-abs-module-repair/

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=4567820

It is not easy, but give it a try and post a F/U.
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:20 PM
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also a serivce

if you give up, try www.bba-reman.com They are a professional remanufacturing outfit in Mass. They fix just about anything. They fixed the missing pixels problem on my '03 525i radio. as well as my in-laws Saab radio display. Everything they fix is then covered by a lifetime warranty. I think they do lots of ABS units. Good luck
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:22 PM
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1+ on www.bba-reman.com.

I have not needed bba-reman for my BMW but my 1998 Volvo V70 ABS Module crapped out in 2007:
- After $110 for a rebuilt ABS Module with core charge + LT warranty, you cannot beat that.
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:20 PM
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I cut mine open and gave it a try. Very,very,tiny even when magnafied equipment. I was unable to get the silver solder to stick. The wires fall apart at the slightest touch,so for me it was a bust. If you can afford to distroy a module if you fail, then I say give it a go.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:55 PM
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Old 11-21-2009, 12:06 AM
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BBA has some ebay auctions starting at $95 to repair ABS modules. I won one for 102.50 which includes shipping both ways. I don't know if they'll be able to fix it but it's worth a try.
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:37 AM
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repairing abs

Hey guys, ended up sending my ABS module for repair rather than attemping it myself. I had access to a micro soldering workshop but got a bit apprehensive that if I didnt fix it nobody would touch it due to it being "tampered with". As it is the repairer has put a little sticker across the seal "warranty void if broken".

Anyway he said that a lot of those small wires were hanging on by just the glue/sealer and that it wouldn't have been long before I had constant lights. All seems good now and have done a few hundred k's with no ABS/ASC lights. All up $320 including postage.

Thanks for all the input.

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Old 12-04-2009, 02:14 PM
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BBA did the one on my Jaguar for 120.00 shipped both ways. Looks just like the one on this BMW.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:55 AM
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That's a good price, unfortunately we only have one repairer in Australia so no competition, that said the dealers charge about $1200 for a new one so still a bargain for me.

I am glad I joined the forum and became more educated about the whole thing, just wish I had known about the forum when I owned my E36, ended up spending approx. $6000 over the 7 years I owned it on repairs. Just sold it for $7000. (1995 Signature Edition E36)
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:14 AM
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+3 on BBA Reman. Saved $1,000 over what dealer quoted the mod has been working over a year now with no problems .
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:09 PM
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Hey there -- both are great cars, I have a E36 M3.

What exactly is a 1995 Signature Edition?
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Old 12-07-2009, 03:19 AM
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Signature Edition

You get a little silver plague below the handbrake that says "Signature Edition 231/500", obviously I got the 231st of 500 built, it came with leather seats, duel climate control, metallic paint (Morea green), sunroof, mags ect. , it was a good looking car, I was sorry to see it go. But my E39 M Sport is in a whole different class, love it.









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Old 09-08-2010, 02:58 AM
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abs module repair

hi gibo27,
I am in Brisbane and would like to get in touch with the ABS module repairer you used, as my e39 530 unit needs attn
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:24 AM
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I am in Brisbane and would like to get in touch with the ABS module repairer you used
I didn't know this (very old) thread existed until today when you posted.

I'm not sure about Brisbane, but here in the states, we use three remanufacturers:
1) BBA Reman (BBA)
2) Module Masters (MM)
3) Auto Truck Electronics (ATE)

Links to them (and tons more information is here and here).

If you want to try to repair it yourself, DIY instructions are here.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:43 AM
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Abs module

Hey Matmann, here's a link, I removed the module and taped up the plug ect and still drove locally, no problems, I think from memory it took 4 days. I have done nearly 15,000k's and no problems.

http://www.absrepair.com.au/contact.htm

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-17-2010, 09:54 PM
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Abs module repair

Thanks Gibo, I will remove my module on Monday and send it off. Anything I should know about removal procedure?
I assume it wont need recoding on refit.
Thanks again.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:10 PM
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Anything I should know about removal procedure?
The removal procedure is covered in the links above.

You'll note the 6 torx screws, the aluminum foil, the masking tape on the back of the module for shipping, etc.

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I assume it wont need recoding on refit.
The short answer on the vin recoding, if it's your own ABS control module, is no, you don't need recoding (because it's already coded to your car).

A longer answer on the VIN decoding is discussed in detail here:
- What happens if you don't code the VIN into a new ABS module
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:10 PM
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ABS repair

I had a good experience using BBA Reman. Website is http://www.bba-reman.com/US/. I mailed the unit to them and they returned it in a few days. Cost about $250 including expedited return shipping. They provide a lifetime warranty. Best part is that the codes are not changed so you just plug it in and go. A new unit would require having the unit recoded at a dealer or repair shop. As mentioned above, you can drive the car without the unit but of course you have no ABS.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:12 AM
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Just to update this thread in case someone is doing research. I had my ABS/DSC module repaired by BBA-Reman here in Mexico. I live in Cancun and they are in Baja Norte, clear across the country. Nevertheless, fast, efficient, and now works perfectly. Price in Mexico was considerably less than the US price too.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:35 PM
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Since I believe you can get the ABS control module repaired for about $100 USD at BBA (see details below), I'm curious how much it costs in Mexico, in US dollars?
- What are all known options when your ABS control module is bad (1)
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