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I've got this error, just had all discs and pads changed, as well as front lower wishbones. Mates going to hook it up next week.

Is it just gonna be a dodgy connection? Definatelty not the battery it's only 3 months old.
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Is it immediately after getting the disks changed? It is intermittent?

I had a bad battery and got this intermittent. But I cleaned up my relays and fuses (especially relays), inspected the ECU pins, cleaned with acetone and waterproofed it. The error did not come back until much later when the battery really was gone (Bosh no maintenance battery, 2 years passed it's expiration).

So if the battery is ok u can look at those connections carefully.
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Thanks for reply, it was instant. My mate did the work for me, he had a chew with lower wishbones so was well impresses when he got into car and the dash was like a disco! And the clunk was still there. So he's doing me ARB bushes next.

I'll get him to check connections too(he's adamant thats what it'll be), he's going to hook it up to Diagnostics too.
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Gosh man. Bad luck. Hope someone more qualified than me can give more insight...

Usually when I work on something, even if I fail, I accidentally fix something. Like today I was adjusting front headlights and noticed a switch problem with the rear fog lights was fixed! I went nowhere near the rear but heh.. Your friend is probably not lucky as I am.
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Try disconnecting/reconnecting the connector behind the battery (plus the one in the wheel arch). I had intermittent VDC/ABS faults after taking my battery tray of desipte not touching any connectors. I checked that one behind the battery on advice from here and there was no corrosion in the connector but it was clearly not making a 100% good connection as I had no problems after that. Electrical faults are often due to connection issues rather than component failure.

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missus got this.. its -2 outside. Guessing - cold weather?
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Had this before the New Year having been driving on very wet roads. ABS & VDC warnings came on after driving for about 10 minutes. They then kept coming on at restart untill the car was left for several hours when they would stay off for 10 or so minutes again!
Checked the main ABS wiring connector in front of the ABS unit on the bulkhead. This had got moisure inside and was starting to look grotty around the large connections (power?). Quick clean up and spray with contact cleaner and let it dry out before reconnecting. No problems since. I need to check if the boot on the cable is damaged and hence letting in water when going through water splashes.
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Just got this this morning, the breaks are making a loud squealing noise. Uh oh.
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Sensor cable on mine

After thinking about batteries, fuses, ABS sensors by chance, I decided to change the front brake pads tonight, (having found a brand spanking new set in the shed I bought for my last 156 that I blew up ), took off the F/S front wheel and staring right at me was the sensor cable that had come lose, rubbed against the wheel and frayed. A chop and shut job on the cable and "Check OK" again.
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My ABS/VDC warning lights started to come on at the first press of the brake pedal, was due to warped front disks. The sensor couldn't get a reading.

It happened after the heavy rain we had early this year, too many deep puddles.
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I have the EXACT same fault... with a 52 reg 2.0 JTS. Driven around town, no problems. but spend half an hour on the motorway, and the VDC system failure comes on like clockwork..

I had a recent cambelt change at an alfa specialist, and was told that it was a sensor, and that someone had probably just been stuffing about with the tracking, and that it had been reset and shouldnt happen again....

unsurprisingly, on the drive home, the same thing happened on the motorway!
No apologies for reviving old threads - they're really useful when investigating probs. Was on way back to France after a wedding, needed a wheel balance and didn't want to wait so dropped into a KwikFit still open at 6pm on way to ferry (always avoided like the plague when I was in UK but for a 'quick' wheel balance I took a chance). Mistake! Balance was fine but in their usual upselling way they did a free tracking check and guess what! Yes, I had the worst toe-in they'd ever seen which would explain the uneven wear on the tyres (huh??), "just look at the screen showing the figures sir!" ("now you see it, woops, now you don't but I assure you they were there, and well out sir!"). Stupidly (given my age, experience of cars and experience of Trick-Fit) I said ok but I'm in a hurry to catch a ferry. No problem! Wallop, all done, that'll be 50 sir. A few miles up the road I realised my steering was off-centre, the VDC light had come on after a few minutes on the motorway AND there was a loud rumbling as if I had developed a major wheel bearing problem all of a sudden. All classic signs of amateurs stuffing about with the tracking on these cars. No time to go back and complain (shut anyway) so now I've got to pay to get the tracking put right. DON'T BE A MUG LIKE ME! DON'T GO THERE FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN AN URGENT TOILET BREAK (ESPECIALLY TYRES, EXHAUSTS, WHEEL ALIGNMENT, SUSPENSION CHECKS, BRAKE CHECKS, SERVICING OR MOT)
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UPDATE - KwikFit confirmed as ****s

Now had the tracking done carefully and correctly by a mechanic who was prepared to discuss things with me and even let me follow him doing the job. He found the Rh track rod nut was seized - so Kwik Fit couldn't possibly have adjusted it. In act what they'd done was not block the steering wheel and then did all the adjustment using just the LH track rod! So the wheels were parallel all right, but pointing to the left when the car was driving straight! No wonder the ABS/VDC was complaining. And several of you have had the same problem with KwikFit - tracking 'corrected' but wheel off-centre and VDC lights and rumbling. In my case it's caused (or accelerated the onset) a wheel bearing to fail.

If only I'd done a search on KwikFit on the forum first! The number of alfisti who have had their cars trashed by this chain is incredible. KF have also been in the Press for using unpaid trainees and instructing their fitters to 'find' work on customers' cars.
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Alas poor KwakFit I knew them well, equalled only by the consistant incompetence of National Windscreams five visits to replace a GT windscreen and left with black gluey fingerprints all over the screen pillar trim and headlining.

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