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      03-02-2013 10:22 AM #1
      Looks like I'll will need to replace ABS module on my '09 gti (TSI).
      It sits on firewall with ABS pump, but question is if is it possible to remove module itself without the pump?
      Of course - removing them together involves disconnecting hydraulic brake lines, bleeding the pump, and all the brakes.....so a lot of work and time.
      Can anybody chime in?
      Is there a shortcut?
      Maybe DIY....somewhere?
      Thanks for your help...

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      03-08-2013 08:41 AM #2
      Anybody????

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      03-08-2013 08:23 PM #3
      First off, you MUST get the coding off the old module so it can be applied to the new one. If you don't do this, you will have to go to the dealer to get it done. Other than that, it is as you say a lot of brake work, bleeding and all, There is no shortcut. I would also check the Ross-Tech wiki for any special procedures required on the new unit, outside of coding.

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      03-09-2013 12:01 PM #4
      The actual module is possible to take off without the pump/block, it unscrews, all the magnetic solenoids will come off with it.
      2.0T+034efi+meth = 300+whp = RIP

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      03-09-2013 08:09 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by GTijoejoe View Post
      The actual module is possible to take off without the pump/block, it unscrews, all the magnetic solenoids will come off with it.
      That's what I was hoping for....any DIY that you know off ?
      Thanks!

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      03-09-2013 11:46 PM #6
      I have no clue, generally its extremely easy and straight forward.
      2.0T+034efi+meth = 300+whp = RIP

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      03-12-2013 05:33 PM #7
      Is anybody out there that actually replaced ABS module without disconnecting ABS pump?????

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      04-11-2013 02:43 PM #8
      Same just happened to my '09 GTI. Dealer estimated for $2200 for changing ABS module, plus labor, the guy on the side said he can do it for $1500 with programming and labor, and also getting some new model of the module. Anyway- my vacation money is flying out from me, and I don't see any other solution, just change it.

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      04-14-2013 01:12 PM #9
      modulemaster.com can rebuild the ABS module for a fraction of the cost of a new module.

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      04-14-2013 09:47 PM #10
      Good to know, thanks!
      Still need to know if there is an easier way - other than removing ABS pump and module together...

    12. 07-19-2013 03:59 PM #11
      I have the same problem. Was this resolved?

      Modulemaster cant rebuild 09's I called.

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      06-19-2014 04:50 PM #12
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      07-05-2014 08:03 AM #13
      Same freaking thing happened to me like a week ago! I'll call VWoA soon to see if they are going to be willing to help out. There's a video on youtube but for mk4 I think but it is informative - this is time consuming since it's in hard to reach spot but not all that complex.

    15. 07-21-2014 10:30 AM #14
      •First, mark both brake lines - A and B - from the master cylinder and remove them from the hydraulic unit.


      •Plug the brake lines and threaded holes immediately with sealing plugs from the repair kit part no. 1H0 698 311 A.
      •Mark the brake lines - 1 to 4 - (from the brake calipers) , and remove them from the hydraulic unit.
      •Plug the brake lines and threaded holes immediately with sealing plugs from the repair kit part no. 1H0 698 311 A.
      •Pull the hydraulic unit with control module upward off of the bracket.


      Removing Control Module from Hydraulic Unit
      •Set the hydraulic unit with control module upward on to a clean, level surface.
      •Remove the inner Torx bolts - arrows -.


      •Pull the control module off from the hydraulic unit - arrow - without tilting.


      •Slide all the sealing rings - A - on slightly over the valve domes.




      •Place the control module without tilting it onto the hydraulic unit.

      The sealing rings are then brought into their end position.


      •Bolt the hydraulic unit and control module together with the new inner Torx bolts supplied.

      ¤ A new control module may be installed a max. of two times to a used hydraulic unit, to ensure that the elastic gasket seals sufficiently.
      ¤ A control module which was once in driving operation must not be installed a second time.

      Installing Control Module and Hydraulic Unit



      ¤ Do not remove sealing plugs from the new hydraulic unit until the corresponding brake line is about to be installed.
      ¤ If the sealing plugs are removed too early, brake fluid can leak out. If this occurs, unit may not be sufficiently filled or adequately bled.
      ¤ When installing, make sure that rubber insulators are not pressed out of the bracket.
      •Installation is performed in the reverse order of removal.
      •Remove the brake pedal actuator (V.A.G 1869/2 ).
      •Bleed the brake system. Refer to => [ Brake System Bleeding General Information ] See: Brake Bleeding\Service and Repair\Brake System Bleeding General Information.
      •Enter radio code.
      •Code the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) control module with the in "Guided Fault Finding".

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      01-21-2016 01:14 PM #15
      Bump why do you have to remove the brake pedal actuator

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      01-25-2016 12:14 PM #16
      Thanks Sasscracker for the instructions!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Josein06GLI View Post
      Bump why do you have to remove the brake pedal actuator

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      I am not sure, but I tried to bleed my brakes last year, the usual way that every car has done it for 100 years - start at the right rear caliper. They would NOT bleed, no fluid came out. Bleeder nipple was completely removed. I've bled plenty of brakes on cars and bikes and never had this problem before. So I assume there is something else in the system I was not doing correctly...Sorry for the half-information.
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      01-27-2016 06:13 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Triumph View Post
      Thanks Sasscracker for the instructions!!



      I am not sure, but I tried to bleed my brakes last year, the usual way that every car has done it for 100 years - start at the right rear caliper. They would NOT bleed, no fluid came out. Bleeder nipple was completely removed. I've bled plenty of brakes on cars and bikes and never had this problem before. So I assume there is something else in the system I was not doing correctly...Sorry for the half-information.
      It's a different sequence than the one your using. I can't remember right now but starts with front and end with the rear brakes. Never had An issue bleeding my brakes , bleeding at the calipers.

    19. 03-11-2016 10:25 AM #18
      My 09 GTI (131K) ABS needs module, possibly a safety issue and hopefully a recall. Please post a complaint on the following safer.org (NHTSA); there are 81 complaints so far.

      http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/...rod_ids=483779

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      01-15-2017 10:42 PM #19
      Recall hit the new a week ago! Still waiting on info for repair because mine just recently started lighting up my dashboard like a Christmas tree. If you had this done at the dealer you can probably get some kind of refund.
      http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/v...e-fix-44620999

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      01-31-2019 10:32 PM #20
      My abs module just got replaced for free at VW south Charlotte! I've had a recall done 2 years ago, but later last year my dash light up, so I went to the dealership and the "not knowlageble service advisor" told me sorry we can't help you... so I went home disappointed!! But, after some research and looking up my receipt I thought the recall was not done at all, so I've messaged the service department, And then after I've received a call back from them I've stopped by on my way home from work to see what's up. So it turned out there is an extended warranty covering my abs module after recall software update didn't work! Thanks to vwsouthcharlotte and Joerg Kuehni, who actually tried, and did help!

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