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I recenctly purchased a used Legend with the ABS indicator light illuminated. I was fully prepared to spend the money to get it working properly. I took it into the local Honda service center to get them to take a look at it along with a couple of other things. They basically told me that the entire ABS system was totally shot and needed to be entirely replaced. They gave me a quote of $2300.

I do realize that ABS is not a total necessity but as I said, I'm going to spend the money to get it fixed. My question is what is the best way to go about this? I could obviously get it fixed at a dealer with genuine Acura parts but as I previously stated, it would set me back $2300. My other options as I see them are: take it to a good repair shop that works on Hondas and Acuras and get them to use genuine Acura parts, or take it to a good repair shop that works on Hondas and Acuras and use less expensive parts.

What do you think the relative wisdom of these three routes are? What kind of quotes do you think I would get if I went either of the other two routes?
 

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Either find out exactly what parts are shot or get a second opinion. Don't pay for parts that do not need replacing. Only change the faulty parts and make sure the others are working properly. They should be able to point them out. Some dealers will get you to replace unworn parts if you don't know better. This happens very often. You could save alot of dough.
 

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The Acura dealer should have used the ALB tester which would have indicated which part(s) were defective. Codes should have been present in the computer, again indicating which part(s) were defective. You need to go to another dealer and ask them to diagnose the system and provide you with the code numbers. This info should have been listed on your recent receipt as well as a listing identifying the failed component(s). Meanwhile, remove the three underhood fuses to reset the system to see if the indicator lamp will turn off and remain off. Check the brake fluid reservoir in both the ABS and Power Brake, and make sure your emergency brake is fully retracted.
 

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Dude you just said the same thing I said. All you did different was this



(LPB's Reply)

No I didn't I did this........



just kidding....Hes right....Take it to another shop/get a rundown on parts needed.
 

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If just one of youe wheel speed sensors are shot (or covered with crap), the ABS light will stay on and your ABS system will be deactivated.

Before going to another Honda dealer, jump the service connector under the glove box and turn your key to 2 clicks (just before you start the car) and count the # of times the ABS light flashes - note the long and short pauses.
If you forget, switch off the ignition and turn on again - do not start the car.

Post results and we will help you figure out what is wrong.
 

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There is a service connector under the glovebox.

See here

With the engine off, take a paper clip and jump the connector.
ie complete the circuit.
 
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