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Old 01-12-2009, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ABS light stays on

My abs light is on all the time. Do you guys know what that means and what to check for it? I replaced my brakes but didn't change any sensors or anything...

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Most likely your OVP relay (Over Voltage Protection Relay)
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What is the OVP?

When I changed the brakes, I didn't change the sensors...could that be it?

Where is the OVP--how can I fix it?

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ABS light on has nothing to do with the sensor pads but it could with the ABS sensors.
As to the OVP you are better off replacing it rather than fixing it. On mine, a 2.3L, the OVP is behind the battery hidden by a plastic cover.

This is what an OVP looks like


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If you've recently tried to jump start your car you could have fried the OVP. Several friends of mine who own Benzes have had to replace theirs after jumping their car.
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I did jump start it, but its been on since I bought it...

Hi,

Well, I've owned this car for a month and since I've owned it the ABS light has been on...I have had to jump it twice since I've owned it because the battery died...but again, it was on since I've owned it.

I'll replace the OVP...although I had trouble finding it on autopartswarehouse.com...a google turned up a universal one that I'm not sure will work.

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Hi,

Well, I've owned this car for a month and since I've owned it the ABS light has been on...I have had to jump it twice since I've owned it because the battery died...but again, it was on since I've owned it.

I'll replace the OVP...although I had trouble finding it on autopartswarehouse.com...a google turned up a universal one that I'm not sure will work.

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Why not check the fuse on top first?
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Don't know how to tell if a fuse is gone or not

I would but I'm not sure how to tell...I showed the fuses to a mechanic who said they were fine...how can you tell if a fuse is gone (you are talking about the fuse box, right?)

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I would but I'm not sure how to tell...I showed the fuses to a mechanic who said they were fine...how can you tell if a fuse is gone (you are talking about the fuse box, right?)

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Hi Ron,

No, on top of the OVP Relay you either have 1 or 2 fuses...look at the photo in post #4. The best way to check the fuses it to do a continuity check with a VOM. Usually you can tell by looking at the fuse to see if the link is broken.
Have you located your OVP Relay behind the battery? You can open the lid and pull the fuse out without removing the relay.
Another tip, if you pull the OVP Relay out of the socket, it probably won't go back in fully seated unless you somehow hold the bottom of the socket while pushing in the relay.

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Its off for now...but I'm not sure I replaced the right thing

Hi,

So I went to Kragen to try and find the right fuses...had to buy several emergency fuse kits for $3.99 each because they only came with one blue fuse each...but I have plenty of spares now!

In any case, I took a photo of what I think was the OVP relay. Its the thing in the little black plastic case right below the fuse box (I think). Both of those black boxes below the fuse box have two blue fuses each. I replaced the fuses in both.
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