Volvo S70-V70 Abs Module

Having a problem with Abs and Traction control  is not a rarity on a V70/S70 Volvo. It is a common and expensive problem caused mostly by the Abs Module. The right way to fix this is to get a new one put in. It does not come cheap though, it’s over $400 for a new one and around $200 to rebuilt it .

Is there a way to go around it? Yes, there is(sometimes). I tried this”unorthodox repair” on a 1998 V70 and it worked. Actually it’s still working 13 months later. It’s cheap and it required 15min of my time. Abs Module is located on the left side of  engine compartment  under the fuse box. Good news is…you don’t have to remove it at all.

The whole idea consist on putting some space between Abs pump and the Module. It can be done with almost everything: wood, cardboard, plastic. In my case I used a scrap piece of plastic.

Take the spacer and push it between the pump and the module. Make sure it stays tight and won’t fall while driving.

There we Abs and Tracks light anymore and it’s working fine.

I tried this method on 3 different Volvo’s with the same problem and it worked fine on 2 of them. No guaranties though but you lose nothing by trying it anyway.

Comments (187)


  1. Davis says:

    Yes I have the same issue with my 2001 V70T and am about to remove my ABS mod. to send out for repair.
    Will this work on my 2001?Thanks

  2. […] the whole ABS module which will cost several hundred dollars or use this easy fix described by Enes. I used a folded Wal-Mart card that is still doing the trick for our Volvo […]

  3. Jonny says:

    Hello,thanks very much for the tip,it workted on my volvo s70-98,no problem after,THANKS !!!

  4. Jonny says:

    Forgot to tell you,that i,m from sweden,Thanks again/jonny

  5. rik says:

    from what i am seeing in your pics,,,your just wedging plastic in between the module plug connector and the block…probably creating renewed contact with the oxidized plugin prongs,,,would it be better to remove the plug connector and clean the terminals and reaffix the connector back into place??these connectors do short out and melt the module…

  6. Neil says:

    My problem was the reluctor rings (castellated ring that the speed sensor reads from)
    Bought 2 off eBay for 7 pounds.

    Not that hard a job and saved at least 700 doing it myself.

  7. james says:

    this is just a stop gap measure it only should be done as temporary fix. this will give you time to shop around for a new abs module. xemodex and others carry better than original abs modules at half the price. my advice after experiencing this is get a new one when you can. These cars are great for awhile but wear down a bit just like any other car. I have never bought a new volvo , both of mine have been used. there are some great resources out there to make these cars a good buy.

  8. Steve Cooke says:

    Try Victor Rocha at
    He repairs the modules and is MUCH cheaper than OEM

  9. rikke says:

    The spacer trick worked on my 1999 Volvo V70 – magic! Thanks for the tip

  10. Olav Vestrheim says:

    Does this “repair” fix the other ABS module problems also?
    As the rpm meter etc?
    I wanted to try the remelting metod described on the youtube film, where the ABS module is removed, opened (whith a knife and then the connection lead(??) is) remeldted to secure the connection on the mainboard.

  11. Pincho says:

    Excellent! I tried and it’s working!

  12. Pearl Osmond says:

    Hi, I tried the fix, with wedging a piece of plastic between the ABS modular and the pump, and viola, all the lights are off my dash, and my abs works on my brakes. Amazing, I saved myself $1200.
    Thanks a lot for your help


  13. Mark Clifford says:

    I cut a piece off of an empty detergent bottle and viola! Speedo is working again and only the check engine light is still on. Thanks for the very useful tip.

  14. Luke says:

    Tried and did not work. just not that lucky i guess :(

  15. Keith says:

    Thank you very much. Put a half of a clothes pin and there and it worked perfectly!!!!!!

  16. Richard says:

    Thank you very much. Put a half of a clothes pin between there and it worked perfectly!

  17. Miklos Kiraly jr says:

    Just bought a 1999 V70 with 205K miles 1 owner complete volvo service records since new. Had the abs and trac light on. I followed these instructions and it worked perfectly. It passed state inspection with flying colors. For only $995 I think I got a deal.

  18. David says:

    yep worked for me with additional bonus, my cruise control and mileometer would’nt set, now all is working with just a bit of plastic inserted amazing thanks for an incredible simple solution

  19. Paul says:

    My god, what a clever bloke! Worked like a charm for me and took 15 seconds to do! Many, many thanks.

  20. Newbie says:

    Ha! sure did work! I used a regular fuse as a spacer fit perfect all the lights went out and the speedo is working! 1998 xc v70

  21. Steve says:

    Worked for me too! Same problem, same positive results: ABS & Trac lights off, no more intermittent tranny error (flashing upshift light) due to bad speed sensor data from ABS fault, cruise control and speedometer all work great! I used an expired AAA card, folded into 3 layers and jammed-it in pretty tight. Hasn’t wiggled-out yet, and if I ever get stuck, I have the AAA member# with me always. Thanks for the huge help!

  22. Ekspers says:

    Thank you for this soluton hawe had this problem for a while, mine sometomes worked sometomes didnt. And before this i tried cleaning the pins and the connector without any sucess. Thank you, for sharing this.
    Btw im from Latvia :)

  23. Dario says:

    It worked to my volvo s70 2000. Lights are gone from my dashboard. I saved tons of money and time fixed with a small piece of plastic. I just brought this vehicle I though it was huge problem after that.

  24. Hussain says:

    worked very well with 3 gift card inserted to gather

  25. Andreas says:

    Hi, look at this fiks of the ABS control boks.

  26. Micke says:

    Great!!! It worked, unbelivible.
    Volvo XC V70 1998 Sweden.
    Thanks dude u made My day!!

  27. Scott Moe says:

    WORKED LIKE A CHARM. I am not sure the part descriptions are accurate but the cure sure is. I disconnected the electrical harness (black plastic item in the photo) and in doing so realized it was very loose. This is the likely cause of the entire problem. I then worked dielectric grease into the pin connectors of the harness before reconnecting it. I could not get it to connect securely, so I then chose to use the wedge method. I used a #20 biscuit for those wood workers out there. Turned the key and everything worked again (Brake and ABS lights, speedometer, and odometer.

  28. paul says:

    Hi I used a plastic golf tee on my v70 worked perfectly thanks saved me 400 pounds top man

  29. Steve H. says:

    I have a 2000 v70. About 2 years ago the the speedometer & odometer quit working and the abs and break lights came on on the dash. I had it checked and was told it was the abs module, which would cost $850.00. The car continued to run fine so I didn’t bother with anything. Last week the transmission all of a sudden wouldn’t shift properly and within a day wouldn’t hardly function. I was told by several shops, as well as the dealership, I would need a transmission. I wedged the clothespin between the abs module and the pump and everything is back to working, including the things that hadn’t worked for 2 years. I called the dealership to see if the abs module might cause the transmission to function improperly… They told me there is no way the 2 have anything to do with eachother. Has anyone else experienced anything like this with your abs module effecting the transmission?

  30. Dan Schwartz says:

    I tried this morning with part of a clothespin, drove about 30 miles with frequent stops. So far, so good. I’m amazed.

  31. Dan Schwartz says:

    I tried this morning with part of a clothespin, drove about 30 miles with frequent stops. So far, so good. I’m amazed. And grateful.

  32. David says:

    Hi, my ABS isn’t working, but no lights come on, when I breake the pedal feels soo hard and no braking, thakes a few moments to kik in the breaking on the car, when the light comes on (very rarely) the braking pedal feels good but no ABS, what is going on?

  33. Gordon says:

    One year ago, the ABS and speedometer lights came on; I tried the spacer method worked. One year later, I forget the spacer, and the ABS, speedometer, Engine, and other lights came on. After days of investigation and checking, I remembered the spacer. The spacer was still there, but I inserted a piece of thick paper between the spacer and the pump. Amazingly, it works again, and my V70 has be driven without any warning lights on (even after a few short highway trips).

  34. Poor struggling actor says:

    Un fuc@ing believable ! A broken cloths peg off the washing line has saved me $1300 AUD, cruse control and ABS is functioning again, no speedo fluctuations or failure. With the money I saved I will buy a fine bottle of red and drink it in your honor.

  35. gai says:

    yes Steve H i got same issue 2 in one it seems like? i got my speedometer to work but abs lights still on could also be causing transmission limp mode. anybody knows about this? or i didnt get my abs fully functional?

  36. nelly says:

    When wedging do i need to undo torxs or just push in wedge . thanks

  37. Alain Molimard says:

    Worked for me! Thanks a lot! You shoud put your PayPal account so we can send you some money! :-)



  38. Alain, donation button works same as your ABS module :) give it at a try. Thanks

  39. My speedometer was not working, sometimes it work but most of the time not working. I wedged in a doubled up plastic expired credit card and the speedometer is on again ! :)
    Thanks a lot. I’ll give you a free Yumeiho massage if you happen to drop by in Malaysia. My place is just a 10 minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur International airport….

  40. Henk says:

    This is a worst way to “repair” I live in The Netherlands and do ABS controller repair. Price 25 euro’s

    When you put a piece of plastic between the pump and the module it will damage your print inside the controller.

  41. eddieboy says:

    One commentor stated this is short term fix. Yet many of you have had this fix in for a year or more. Why does this work, and is it short term, does it cause damage leaving it in? When you have time. eddieboy

  42. Sverre Norlie says:

    Great tip. Worked perfectly on my ’99 xc70…. Used an old creditcard ☺

  43. Jason says:

    Dude!!! It worked for me on a 2000 V70! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  44. philip says:

    hi ihave checked this i cant see anything toput it inmy abs light and trances come on there no way i canput something there to keep tight

  45. Uugan says:

    Hi, I got abs, traction control light on and cruise control off, does it works with xc70 2004, has anyone tried?

  46. Heikki says:

    Thanks! Works for now in my s70. I used normal car fuse.

  47. Thanks Michael for your donation, ill go and buy a beer with it. Im happy still works after 4 years.

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