If you need help removing your module, please contact us, we will be glad to provide detailed instructions.
To have your ABS module repaired, you must remove it from your car and mail it off for repair. The ABS module is easy to remove (but more difficult on 2001+ VW Passats -- see below), and you can usually still drive the car while it is out (because you aren't breaking into the hydraulic system); however, this is not recommended if possible. You won't have ABS functionality while the module is removed, but if the module is broken, then you don't have ABS functionality anyway. Before you remove your module, please verify that it can be repaired by contacting us. After you have removed it, please fill out the order form, and you will be sent shipping information.
It is possible to remove the ABS module without removing the front left wheel, but it makes it easier because it allows you to move the windshield washer reservoir out of the way and gives you more direct access to the screws holding the ABS module to the pump.
Instructions for removal for Ford Mustang only: Because of the tight location of the ABS unit, most people remove the entire ABS pump and then disconnect the module. If you do this, then you will need to bleed the brakes after re-installing it, and you cannot drive the car while the unit is out for repair. For this reason, it is recommended that you let a professional mechanic remove the ABS unit from the Mustang. However, it is possible to just remove the ABS module. We can send you a video of how to do this.
Instructions for removal for B5 VW/Audi cars:
This video we made shows Matt removing an ABS module from a 2001.5 VW Passat. The earlier passats are similar, but easier in that the windshield washer fluid reservoir can be removed (see text instructions below).
1. Engage emergency brake and jack left front wheel and take it off -- place jackstand to hold car (never work on a car supported by a jack!).
2. Remove fender liner by unscrewing 11 T-25 torx bolts (you will need a set of torx drivers).
3. Unscrew the windshield washer reservoir (2 10mm bolts behind the fender liner and 1 10mm bolt under the hood). (Note: If you have a 2001+ VW Passat with the newer body style, you will not be able to remove the reservoir. Instead, release the top bolts to move it aside some, and undo the bolts holding the ABS unit in its cage to allow you to lift the unit up somewhat to access screws. OR you can drill a hole for access as seen in the video above. A short or flexible torx driver is highly recommended.)
4. Move reservoir to the left to access the ABS unit.
5. Remove the electrical connector on front and back (use flathead to get smaller back connector off) USE CAUTION when removing the large electrical harness. It has a pull tab, and you need to gently pull the tab while guiding the module upwards as you slide the tab. The harness has a diagonal track, so if you try and force the tab out horizontally while holding the harness down on the module, you will shear all or some of the 6 retaining tabs off the module. If any of the retaining tabs are missing, the harness cannot be held in place, and you will have to zip ties or something similar to hold it in place when you re-install it.
6. Remove 6 bolts holding on ABS control unit (torx T20)
7. Package ABS unit well by placing tape over the bottom solenoids to prevent movement and wrapping in bubble wrap or packing peanuts
Location on an Audi A6 (circled in yellow):
Location on a Volkswagen Passat (circled in yellow):
Instructions for removal for BMW X5:
1. Remove headlight on driver's side
2. Remove electrical harness by pulling tab and sliding it off
3. Remove module from ABS pump by removing 6 T20 torx screws as shown in the picture below:
Disclaimer: The buyer assumes all risks associated with removing, installing, and usage of a remanufactured ABS module.