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Old 08-19-2005, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default ABS pump is dead, can I trick the car into thinking it's there?

I have been living without ABS for quite some time now since my pump died last fall. Basically, I just unplugged the pump and went on my way. I actually found that the car stopped a helluva lot better in the snow without ABS.

Now I may be moving to a state that requires yearly inspections and I know that ABS light on the dash isnt going to cut it. I was thinking that if I took a resistor with the same resistance as the pump and plugged it into the plug in the engine bay, it may trick the car into thinking it's there. Anyone know if this would work?

For those wondering why i just dont get a new pump, my car isnt worth that much and I really dont want to dump that kind of money into it.

Also, I would NEVER sell the car without disclosing the lack of ABS to the prospective buyer. I dislike people who misrepresent their vehicles.
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:13 PM   #2
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Why don't you just pull the ABS light bulb?
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Old 08-19-2005, 03:49 PM   #3
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fwiw, your car would pass inspection in Pa with the ABS light on.

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Old 08-19-2005, 04:27 PM   #4
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Why don't you just pull the ABS light bulb?
Dont I have to pull most of the dash to do this?

Im moving to VA, I know they are fairly nazi-like so I guessed they wouldnt like the light.
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Old 08-19-2005, 04:47 PM   #5
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Just pull the bulb if you think its going to be a problem. You do have to take apart some of the dash, but shouldn't be too bad. I can take apart everything in about 5 minutes these days. It's maybe 15 screws total to get the cluster out on 00-04.

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Old 08-19-2005, 04:54 PM   #6
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I can get the dash in my '91 out in about 10 minutes.

Most of the time is spent trying not to break anything while maneuvering out the cluster surround.......
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:36 PM   #7
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I might be able to get my hands on the ABS pump from a '96 LS or a '99 LGT. If that will fit your car, we could probably work something out.
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Old 08-19-2005, 07:14 PM   #8
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How long ago did you last change the brake fluid?
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:26 AM   #9
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I honestly dont know when the fluid was changed (stupid, I know). When the pump went it just continuously ran and ran after I shut off the car. I pulled the plug on it so it wouldnt kill my battery and I havent looked back.

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I might be able to get my hands on the ABS pump from a '96 LS or a '99 LGT. If that will fit your car, we could probably work something out.
I appreciate the offer but at this point Im more inclined to let it stay dead. Ive never locked them up and it stops better in the snow now.

Thanks for the input guys, I'll take a look at the cluster and see how to get it out.
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Old 08-22-2005, 01:35 PM   #10
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It's a simple removal. I can't count how many times I pulled mine out for various things. I changed my light colors several times, etc.
The difficult part (for me) was getting the cluster out (after removing all the screws).
Good luck!
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Old 08-23-2005, 03:22 AM   #11
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Isn't there some sort of TSB out about ABS pumps that run all the time, even with the car off? I could have sworn I read something about it someplace.
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