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    Question ABS - Does my car have it.

    Lads, following on from my first thread (Looking to change from petrol to diesel), I`ve done the deed, and bought a Mk 4 1.7 dti LS (AC) estate, on a 54 plate.

    I thought this model/year car had ABS as standard, but the garage, from where I bought the car, said this car didn`t have it.

    On the test drive, I thought the brakes felt a little "dead", compared to the brakes on my previous Astra estate, but thought this may be down to the fact that I had Mintex discs and pads on my other car.
    The mechanic said it also may be due to the car being stood for a while.

    Today, however, I noticed when I switched the ignition on that there is an ABS warning light, that goes out after a couple of seconds.
    Dumb question, I know, but, does this mean the car has ABS?
    If I whip the wheels off, is there a way of identifying whether or not the car has ABS?

    Also, when I picked the car up, I tried (as best as possible in the prevailing stop start traffic) some heavy braking, and thought the rear brakes locked on one occasion.
    Reading the manual for the car, under ABS system, it says a fault with the ABS may cause the rear wheels to lock.

    I haven`t really had time to give the car a good run and test the brakes fully since, and I`ve never previously owned a car with ABS, so any feedback or experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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    if the light comes on then you have got ABS, if it stayed on it would mean there is a fault, but coming on for a few seconds is normal and means you must have it,
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    well if the ABS self check light comes on then BINGO you must have it.

    Pop the bonnet and look for the ABS pump - loads of brake pipes goin into a big block...cant be more precise as i dont have it lol

    If u wanna whip off the wheels to be sure - youll see wires goin into the hubs

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    if you take the wheels off you will see a wire, if the wire goes to brakes you have it, if you just see the connector not connected you dont have it

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    slam on really hard on a wet road. If you skid & crash you dont have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sport-hatch150 View Post
    slam on really hard on a wet road. If you skid & crash you dont have it.
    lol , thats what i was going to say .. without the crash part
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    as andy says, turn on ignition... do you have an ABS self check lamp?? the only cars to have it as standard are normally anything with an auto box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparky26801 View Post
    Dumb question, I know, but, does this mean the car has ABS?
    Yes, if the light is there you have ABS. No light, no ABS. That's a definate.
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    Thanks for the replies lads.

    Having posted (what I now know to be) perhaps the dumbest post of 2008 so far , I can confirm that my car does, infact, have ABS.
    I tested the system on a damp road today (not in an emergency, thankfully), and the system worked fine.

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