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Brake Abs Warning Light Problems of Volvo 850



Volvo 850 owners have reported 13 problems related to brake abs warning light (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1996 Volvo 850 1
Failure Date: 10/07/2008

1996 Volvo 850 - abs light intermittent - not sure if abs is working or not - told by Volvo repair specialists that this is a common occurrence on the 96 & 97 models - also told that abs computer has tendency to burn out relatively quickly on this model & year - told to go ahead and replace it - again - had it replaced less than 4 years ago -.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1996 Volvo 850 2
Failure Date: 08/27/2008

1996 Volvo 850 abs light intermittent not sure if abs is working or not comes and goes.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1996 Volvo 850 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2006

I have a 1996 Volvo 850 turbo station wagon. It has only 41,000 miles but the abs light would come on and off. I am told this is a common problem for the car. Volvo claims it is one of the safest car on the road and quite reliable. I disagree. Pls. Ask Volvo to issue a recall as this is annoying and could prove to be dangerous.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1996 Volvo 850 4
Failure Date: 11/17/2004

After starting the vehicle the abs warning light illuminated and stayed on until the vehicle was shut off. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 5
Failure Date: 09/15/2004

I have a 1997 Volvo 850r that is currently experiencing problems with the abs/tracs system - the lights came on for the abs and the tracs system. In researching my problem it has become apparent that the 850 Volvo is known for failures to its abs module and the entire braking system in general. The amount of information that I have been able to find on this common problem leads me to believe that this should be a recalled item. Apparently Volvo now offers a new and improved abs control module (that they charge dearly for) because of the numerous problems and replacements of the old units. Volvo should bear the expense of replacing these units. This is clearly a safety issue. When the abs light is on, the abs is not functional. The failure also causes intermittent pulsation in the brakes. The shear number of these instances leads me to believe that it is an obvious design flaw. This should be corrected before someone gets killed.

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car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 6
Failure Date: 08/04/2003

Abs/traction control module faulty. . . Cost us $700 to repair. . . According to our Volvo dealer, Volvo is aware that this problem has occurred in a lot of Volvo's but they have chosen to not conduct a recall. . . This is wrong and Volvo needs to be punished for not taking care of their customers. . . It's an absoulute disgrace. . . We'll never buy another Volvo. . . Too many problems, very poor reliability!.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 7
Failure Date: 07/15/2003

1997 Volvo 850r. Gradual increase in frequency of intermittent problem where abs and tracs lights illuminate and then go off. There seem to be so many of these complaints that this isn't an unusual problem for this vehicle. Having unpredictable brakes is a serious safety issue. Also I've gone through 4 sets of front brake discs and 5 sets of front brake pads in 90,000 miles. Even when the discs are not worn out the brake pedal is spongy even though the system has been repeatedly bled of air. The discs also warp very easily easily. How can Volvo tolerate this? I've owned this vehicle since new and would never buy another. We picked up a Lexus yesterday and the Volvo is up for sale. I can understand a manufacturer having problems but I cannot forgive it's turning a blind eye to this very serious safety issue.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1996 Volvo 850 8
Failure Date: 07/11/2003

The abs and tracs off idiot lamps turn on and off intermittently in my 850. I can be driving around on dry pavement with very little throttle input, and the traction control will engage (audible whirring of the abs modulator pump and stiff pulsating brake pedal - quickly applied to confirm my suspicion). This will light the lamps. Likewise, I can be braking on a dry surface at a low decel, and the abs will engage. This will also light the lamps and shut off abs/tracs. After a while, the lights will turn off, and abs and tracs function normally. This happens about once or twice a day since the first incident on 7/11/03. I've given an estimate number in the field below. Furthermore, the speedometer functions intermittently. I've traced this issue back to a faulty connection between the vehicle wiring harness and the abs controller. The times this has happened, the wiring harness has not been fastened securely in the plug on the abs controller. Removing and replugging the wiring harness into the abs controller temporarily solves the problem. The wiring harness is coming loose in normal driving conditions. The car is well maintained and is not abused. This has happened two times since the first incident on 7/11/03.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 9
Failure Date: 09/01/2002

Abs traction lock light /unit defective. Brake intermittent. Dt.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 10
Failure Date: 08/09/2002

Defective abs module on 1997 Volvo 850 t5.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 11

Consumer states the brakes constantly screech, the dealer informed consumer they were just glazing, however the abs light illuminated and the abs started activating inappropriately when approaching a stop sign, the dealer informed consumer that most likely there was a problem with the sensor.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1996 Volvo 850 12

Abs warning light came on. I took the car into dealer and was told that control unit needed to be replaced. It seemed strange to me, so I asked if this was a common problem for my type of car. I was told this type problem happens. But, it continued to bother me, so I researched the issue, and I came across an article in the March 1, 1999 issue of motor age. According to the article, if abs warning light comes on, the problem may be a faulty electronic brake distribution switch. The article went on to state that if the part number stamped on the switch is 9157358, the switch must be replaced, and if brake fluid has already leaked into the switch connector, the switch, wiring harness and the abs control unit must all be replaced. According to the article, this is considered a safety recall and the factory has issued a recall notice to owners. I did not receive a recall notice. After reading the article, I contacted Volvo and was told that no parts on my particular vehicle have been recalled. However, that does not mean that my car is not affected by this same faulty switch. Volvo denies that there is a problem with the switch in my car or any other car, but I think this matter should be looked into further. So far, I have gotten the run around.

car image   Brake Abs Warning Light problem of the 1997 Volvo 850 13

While driving the vehicles abs warning light illuminated and stayed on.