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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:12 AM
SixPotPsyco SixPotPsyco is offline
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ABS warning lights?

Last thursday coming home from work I unavoidably hit a flooded part of the road into my village. Big splash over the passenger side. About half a mile on as I turned into my drive (at approx 10mph) the ABS kicked in and three lights came on. The orange ABS light, the red exclamation mark next to it and the orange traction control light. I was concerned but I put it down to the big puddle and the wet weather weve had lately.

Next morning start car. All lights go off. Drive away. Just as I gently apply the brakes to turn left at the juction, again only 10 mph, ABS kicks in and lights on again? I stop at garage for fuel. Start car lights go off. Drive 10 miles with no problem.

Two days later start car. All lights go off except ABS and traction. Red exclamation goes off when I release handbrake. 2 miles down road ABS and traction go off. A few miles on all three lights come back on. Stop, no lights. Drive on lights on or lights go off at start then come on a few miles later. ABS seems to kick in at slow speeds too....very confusing.

Its getting like a slow disco on my dash lol. Any help welcome

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Old 12-24-2012, 04:53 PM
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Read at least this one post, then, if you can, read the entire thread:
- BMW ABS bifecta or trifecta diagnostic & repair DIY
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Old 12-25-2012, 03:15 PM
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Thanks bluebee heaps of info there.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:53 AM
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heaps of info there.
After 200,000 visitors, a thread has to have just about all the kinks worked out!

And, of those 200,000 visits, EVERY ONE of them solved their bifecta or trifecta problem.

You can too!
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:39 PM
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WOW! Just wanted to say thanks for posting that link! We have the trifecta going on... really helped!
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:19 PM
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WOW! Just wanted to say thanks for posting that link! We have the trifecta going on... really helped!
You'll be fine. After hundreds of thousands of visitors, and 630 posts to date, I can't imagine that every ABS trifecta and bifecta question possible isn't already covered in that one thread.

Here's just a summary though, of the basic reference:
- How to diagnose the BMW amber ABS BRAKE DSC/ASC trifecta or bifecta (1) & what are all known options when your ABS control module is bad (1) & Quick99Si's explanation of why the 10-minute wheel speed sensor diode-action quick test doesn't always work, especially on brand new non-OEM wheel speed sensors (1) (2) & explanations by 540iman as to why the fancy diagnostic tools very often (extremely often, like almost all the time) fail to properly diagnose the trifecta or bifecta (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & where to get the fancy schmancy diagnostic tools for free once you're aware of these limitations (1) & an ABS BRAKE DSC trifecta brake pressure sensor diagnostic DIY (1) & how to test and replace the steering angle sensor (1)
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