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ABS/VDC System Failure

Ive recently purchased a 51 plate 2.0 lusso 147 only four days ago and the ABS/VDC failure has appeared. This fault has come on once whilst driving and a second time whilst starting up. Can anybody inform me of whether they have had a similar problem and how its fixed and more importantly how much the dealers charge to fix the problem

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Re: ABS/VDC System Failure

It may be something as simple as a bad connection at a wheel speed sensor which it usually is.

It needs diagnosed at a specialist with Examiner software or a dealer though. About £40.00 for the diagnosis.
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Might be worth checking the battery. Kept getting random vcd failure and indicator light failure warnings that have not appeared since I replaced the battery.

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Re: ABS/VDC System Failure

We had this problem repeatedly when our 147 was new, apparently it is very common and usually associated with the brake light switch, I don't know if it was replaced or adjusted but it has never re-failed in the last 3 1/2 years. I was told that it is due to the fact it has two contacts within it and if they are not perfectly syncronised a 'mismatch' error is generated and the system spits it's dummy out.
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Is this a problem which is easily fixed?
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I would not have thought it was overly difficult (though Vardey's made a meal out of everything they ever did, good ridance!) but as it was done under warranty I have no idea of the labour / parts costs, sorry I can't be more helpful.
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Re: ABS/VDC System Failure

This error often appears with the cold and damp weather affecting a wheel sensor. The error often appears quickly and then goes off again, or will go off with the first hard application of the brakes. It's up to you whether you want the hassle of trying to trace what's causing it.
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My one was caused by the steering wheel sensor cable being pulled too tight in the cowling. Touch wood - fixed.

Mine always happened on cold damp mornings too. It took them ages to find it though but if you have the same get them to keep fixing it until they find it. You should only pay once if the problem arises again.

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Ive recently purchased a 51 plate 2.0 lusso 147 only four days ago and the ABS/VDC failure has appeared. This fault has come on once whilst driving and a second time whilst starting up. Can anybody inform me of whether they have had a similar problem and how its fixed and more importantly how much the dealers charge to fix the problem

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i had this problem previously and it was attributed to a weak and about dead battery. Once the battery was replaced, the error message also went with it . You might want to get your car to the dealer to have the battery checked.
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Re: ABS/VDC System Failure

Very common fault....

Dealers can't seem to find it, changing wheel speed sensors, steering angle sensors, re-calibrating things, works for a bit... then.... BEEEEEP!

My Ricko 147 model even comes with a sticker on the dashboard...

"VDC Failure Warning"



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Ha Ha, you know when winters here!! Beep Beep VDC System Failure. Touch wood, mine hasn't started yet...... give it time.
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In my car it happens randomly and not very often. All I need to do is stop the car, turn it off, turn it on again and the warning is gone. the car is due to have it´s 35,000 kms service in 2 weeks so I will have it checked. The problem tends to happen when is cold and damp. Thank goodness the rainy season here in Guatemala is over.
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In my car it happens randomly and not very often. All I need to do is stop the car, turn it off, turn it on again and the warning is gone. the car is due to have its 35,000 kms service in 2 weeks so I will have it checked. The problem tends to happen when is cold and damp. Thank goodness the rainy season here in Guatemala is over.
I got my 147 yesterday having traded my old 156 for it. After 50 miles, BEEP! ABS VDC System Failure. Switched off the ignition and after 50 miles today, BEEP!

Switch off and on again and all is well! It was raining here yesterday though, but in the UK the rainy season starts on January 1st, and continues through to December 31st.
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Mine does it occasionally, with no pattern as to weather, etc. The only common factor is that it's triggered by pressing the brake pedal. It doesn't set a fault code, so diagnostics shows nothing.

If I remember correctly when this fault has been discussed in the past one or two people have said that replacing the brake light switch cured it.
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Buy a cable from SEARS or Rarebear (25 quid odd) on here, plug it into your laptop, get UniDiag (free software) and find out the fault codes for yourself, lots cheaper than a dealer and you know exactly where the fault is.
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If the battery is getting on then it can cause the fault. Changing the battery on our 147 made the 'faulty fault indication' to go away.
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I used to get these messages regularly, but since i have pulled the steering whell all the way out and (about 2 weeks) I haven't had any. I also used to get humidity in diesel and glow plug errors on my 2.0 ts, these have also gone.
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VDC System failure

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I get a VDC failure after about 30-40 minutes of driving (not sure of mileage) I have a 2.0TS Sele and i have no idea why it always comes back after a certain amount of driving. I have also had in the past a glowplug warning and humidity in the diesel filter which confused me somewhat - but they haven't come back. Where are the important connections to check?

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The glowplug and humidity warnings mean you need new glow plugs and to drain the water thats acumilated in the fuel filter.
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I have a 2.0TS engine - so i don't think i will find these on my car....
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Lol, sorry-didnt read it properly!

I ve read somewhere else on here of a similar prob with petrol cars. They all must share the same trip computer, dont know what causes it though.
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Hi,

I get a VDC failure after about 30-40 minutes of driving (not sure of mileage) I have a 2.0TS Sele and i have no idea why it always comes back after a certain amount of driving. I have also had in the past a glowplug warning and humidity in the diesel filter which confused me somewhat - but they haven't come back. Where are the important connections to check?

MTIA.

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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!
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I 've had this problem since I had the steering wheel off recently.

It seems to come on after about 10 mins of driving but yesterday it happened when I went over small pot hole. I'm getting it checked out soon but at the moment I'm just putting up with it!
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So do we ignore it and carry on as if nothing happened? And what if there is an ABS/VDC failure? do we say "yeah yeah" and plough into the back of the lorry in front? Or, as seems more likely, if there WAS a failure, maybe the warning wouldn't come up?

Mine isn't that monotonous though. She tells me BEEP!"OY! ABS/VDC FAILURE", to which I reply "Really? you astound me!". I switch off and on again and next it's BEEP"IMMOBILIZER FAILURE!" but the engine is running and I am driving so I say "Don't be ridiculous you silly girl!". Then BEEP"BRAKE LIGHT FAILURE!" so daughter gets out and has a look and shouts "No mum, everything's fine". by now the anger is beginning to bubble up under my smiling Alfa Addict Exterior.

Then I get BEEP"ENGINE OIL PRESSURE FAILURE!".......Go on. Have a guess what I shout back. Yes that's right. it's "Aw will you just go and BEEP yourself!

Anyway in she goes today for a good coat of looking at, and quite simply, if she doesn't pick her feet up over the oxer after that, she goes, and I'll buy something more.....GERMAN..... and sit quietly in my reliable boring car and wait for the 149, whilst doing the lottery and dreaming of my 8C Spider......... ;-)
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I got the ABS/VDC System Failure again tonight when venturing out in the snow and ice. -2 deg and wheel arches all iced up. Expecting it to disappear with the thaw, whenever that is!
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