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 (158)


  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

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