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ABS module wet

Post by gikxer » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:26 pm

Hi everyone, I come here as my Volvo have a strange problem. About a year ago the ABS light came on so I took the module out and noticed that there was brake fluid inside the big, sealed connector. No idea where from so I cleaned it, I did the re soldering the logic board, resealed it and it fixed the problem for about 2-3 weeks until the dash light came on again.
I thought I did a poor job and had to do it again. So about 2 months ago I removed it for the second time and the plug inside was again full of brake fluid. No leaks abound it, no leaks from ABS pump just inside the big connector. Cleaned it but it didnt work.
Now got the module out again, same fluid inside the plug, very little inside the module around the plug areal like a drop or two. All around the brake pump is dry, not a drop or sweat, dry like a desert. Im going to work on the logic board again to see if there's any more faults but my question is where is this brake fluid coming from?

List of errors and picture where the fluid is collecting:
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Re: ABS module wet

Post by Clemens » Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:48 pm

could it be brake fluid leaking from the reservoir or master cylinder?
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Re: ABS module wet

Post by Matty Moo » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:48 am

That module is done, there's no saving it.

I get about one or two a year that are filled with fluid. Sometimes it's water, sometimes it's brake fluid. I have no idea how it gets into the large socket and finds its way inside since I never see the cars they come from.

I've only seen it with 96-98 modules, never on a 99-2001. I'd guess I've seen it about 20 times, half were salvageable and the other half were dead.
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Re: ABS module wet

Post by gikxer » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:03 pm

Last year, before the light came on the car was sent to have the clutch replaced. They did a poor job, like missing screws holding the gearbox.. So I thought that they spill some fluid on the module or something but it is not the case as it keeps happening and the reservoir or master cylinder is clean and dry. I kinda suspect the abs pump leaking by the sticking pins but no leaks there, not a bit. And if they where leaking somehow why there is a fluid only in the plug area and not inside the module? Only a tiny amount inside where the plug is so I guess it must have gone through the pins.
Below a picture of the plug, nice and dry. My solution for now is that I've drilled a 1.5mm holes so that the fluid can get out and will see how it goes :)

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Re: ABS module wet

Post by kristupas » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:54 am

I have the exact same problem. I'm not sure if the fluid inside was brake fluid or coolant (it was green just like my coolant), the terminals are rusted. Is this a problem with the module itself? Or is it an issue with the white block that the module connects?

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Re: ABS module wet

Post by Matty Moo » Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:58 pm

I get them in like that regularly. If they catch it early it's a small amount of green gel and it's always in the corner of the socket by the two sets of large pins. If it goes farther than that it corrodes those pins and if it goes farther than that the module burns up in the same spot, sometimes taking the head of the harness with it.

Sometimes the module is completely full of fluid.

Always on 96-98 modules, I've never seen it on 99-2000. Everybody I've asked that sends in a module like that can't find any leakage
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Re: ABS module wet

Post by kristupas » Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:34 pm

I think it could be coolant. My speedo stopped working after a local shop replaced my radiator. Could be a coincidence. Can brake fluid corrode metal? On my module, there is a lot of corrosion. Even the harness connector was covered in rusty-goo.

Is it safe to spray the inside of harness connector with electrical contacts cleaner?

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Re: ABS module wet

Post by Matty Moo » Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:08 pm

I've had a few come in full of liquid and it isn't coolant, there aren't any coolant hoses close to it either that could drip down on it


You can spray contact cleaner into the harness, but I would disconnect the battery first.
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Re: ABS module wet

Post by kristupas » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:24 am

Its not coolant. I opened the plug today, its full of fluid again.

I got a replacement module from junkyard along with the entire ABS block (module + white block + pump).

Should I just replace the module? Or change out the entire block? I don't want to damage the new module if its a fault with the block itself.

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