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Common ABS Pump (ESP Fault) – Brake Pressure Sender / Sensor Switch Failure – On Ford / Mazda & Volvo

19 Nov, 11

Common ABS Pump (ESP Fault) – Brake Pressure Sender / Sensor Switch Failure – On Ford / Mazda & Volvo

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C1288 Brake Pressure Sensor/Transducer Fault Ford Mazda Volvo ABS Pump

We did an article some time ago with reference to the Common ABS (ESP – Brake Pressure Sensor Faults) For Volkswagen, Audi, Seat & Skoda and were overwhelmed with the interest we’ve had. In fact, our records show that particular article alone is receiving on average 1.5Million hits a month.

It’s interesting to see that the same part is used in other makes of vehicle and in this case, we’re referencing to the Ford, Mazda & Volvo range. They have the same MK60 ATE / Teves ABS Pumps fitted with slightly different brake pressure sensors (so not interchangeable with any of the VAG range).

What Are The Common Symptoms?
The common symptom around this fault is having the ESP light permanently illuminated on your dashboard speedo (instrument cluster) and pressing the “ESP OFF” / “DCS”  traction control button will have no effect – in some cases, the button will also be illuminated but again, pressing this button will have no effect.

What Is ESP & Why Do I Need It?
The ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is an additional function to the commonly known ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) & TCS (Traction Control System). Most Ford’s, Mazda’s & Volvo’s from 2000+ are fitted with the ESP/TCS system. The ABS system alone prevents the wheels from locking up under harsh braking / emergency braking and the TCS will prevent the wheels from spinning when accelerating hard. ESP is much more advanced and is constantly working, calculating every corner you take to ensure you’re safety. The ESP system will use accelerometer sensors around the vehicle, to detect when the vehicle is likely to loose traction whilst cornering or sudden turning to avoid a collision at speed. If there is excessive longitudal or lateral acceleration/deceleration it will be detected & by sudden steering at speed, the ESP system will instantly apply the brake to one of the opposing wheels, preventing excessive lateral movement that causes loss of traction to the road and loss of driver control of the vehicle.

Why Is This Such A Common Failure?
These MK60 ATE / Teves ABS Pumps fail due to a manufacturing defect with the internal brake pressure sensors. They have no way of ventilation and the internal sealed unit will over pressurise and over time the internal sensor damages itself. Unfortunately, unlike the previous models where the brake pressure sensors were fitted externally and if failed, could be replaced quickly & at an affordable rate – these newer MK60 ATE / Teves units have the brake pressure sensors mounted internally within a sealed unit and so if failed, you cannot purchase the brake pressure sensors separately, which means you have no option but to replace or repair the unit.

A new unit can cost anything in the region of £1000-£1500 (+Vat) and that’s not including labour. The main issue here other than being extremely expensive is the fact you are replacing the unit for a like-for-like part which would basically mean the replacement unit will also carry the same design fault – thus not giving you peace of mind. A new unit will come with 1-2 years warranty but labour is never warranted and if it does fail within that period, you will be obliged to pay the labour rate again.

Luckily for you, we have the best solution to this problem and can remanufacture these units to meet & exceed the OEM standard using only the highest of quality parts to ensure it never fails again whilst maintaining full functionality of the ABS/ESP system. With our solution, we can offer a lifetime warranty giving you as the customer, complete peace of mind.

Most Common Vehicles Affected 
Audi A2
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 1Series
BMW 3Series
Ford Focus
Ford C-Max
Mazda 2
Mazda 3
Mazda 5
Mazda 6
Seat Leon
Seat Altea
Seat Toleda
Skoda Octavia
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Bora
Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Tourag
Volkswagen Touran
Volvo C30
Volvo C70
Volvo S40
Volvo V50

C1288 Brake Pressure Sensor / Transducer FaultsWhy You Should Choose Sinspeed To Replace / Remanufacture Your ABS unit
The ABS pump will have failed due to the common manufacturing defect and replacing it with a new or used unit will not solve this problem as you will receive a limited warranty (used parts – 30/90 days) and you would be waiting for the day it fails. There are other companies offering to repair these units but are only changing the internal brake pressure sensors for similar like-for-like parts, so as you can imagine this does not entirely resolve the issues and the weaknesses of the pump will still remain.

What we do is completely different. We bypass the original Brake Pressure Sensor Switch and fit our very own custom manufactured External Brake Pressure Sender Switch and calibrate it so that the manufacturing defect is no longer existing. This is the only way to completely remove all risks of the unit failing again and this is why we are confident enough to offer a full LIFETIME warranty on the unit.

Why Modify The Unit? – Why Not Just Replace The Damaged Part?
All other cars without the MK60 ATE ABS Control Module have the Brake Pressure Sensor fitted externally to the ABS Pump and guess what, they never fail!

Having the Brake Pressure Sender Sensor Switch fitted internally to the ABS Pump is a new space-saving idea which has gone terribly wrong and unfortunately dealerships are yet to recover from this outbreak of faulty units as they have not yet released a modification. Replacing the internal switch for another one will not permanently cure the problem as it will remain a manufacturing defective unit. In order to safe-guard the future of your ABS unit, you have to modify it to match it’s predecessors. All the older versions of the ABS units come without internal brake pressure switches and the ESP never failed because the switches were mounted externally. If something isn’t broken.. why try to fix it? The external switches were great and never failed, the internal brake pressure switch was a bad idea from the start.

SAFETY WARNING!!
There have been rumours of people and/or companies trying to repair these units and in some cases imitate our work. Please understand that although the ESP system is not absolutely crucial, modifying the ABS controller/pump in any way (without superior extensive knowledge) in the technology of advanced braking systems and electronic control modules, you will be risking the life of others. Please do not attempt to repair these units yourself and please do not offer such services to trade or the general public. We have been in business since 1972 as a group company and all our parts, services are fully tested before leaving the workshop. All units are thoroughly tested on specific specialist equipment to ensure maximum quality. Our ESP Fault Modifications come fully approved and as far as we’re aware, there is no other company out there that can successfully repair these units and completely remove the defective state.

If you’ve got a car with a Brake Pressure Sensor fault relating to the ABS unit or have the ESP light lit up on your dash, then call us today and we’ll give you an instant quote. The number to call is 0871 2887 666.

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34 thoughts on “Common ABS Pump (ESP Fault) – Brake Pressure Sender / Sensor Switch Failure – On Ford / Mazda & Volvo
  • Hi, thanks for the reply to my earlier enquiry, I never realised you could repair my abs unit fitted to my Mazda 2, if I was to send it for repair what would be the cost of this work? Would the price also include postage to you and then return postage to me? I’m also wondering if my Mazda 2 would be useable during the period that you have my abs unit? If I was to buy a new unit instead getting mine repaired would the unit you get in stock definately fit my Mazda 2 2007 sport 1.5litre? It’s model DE and as far as I’m aware the 2nd generation of the 2 series, aka 2007 onwards. I’m asking this as I’m lost when it comes to this part, can’t find much information on it.

    Chris

    • Hi Chris

      Thanks for your enquiry,

      Thanks for your enquiry,

      Unfortunately we don’t list prices on our website so I wouldn’t be able to quote you on our comments board but please call our offices on 0844 847 9999 or alternatively, please email support with your query. We do repair these parts, they are a common failing part and you’ll find we can even beat the price of a second-hand part and offer a Lifetime warranty with all repairs. Please note, second-hand or new units will require programming. If you’re sending your unit in for repair, the vehicle will not be drivable in this time.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Support Team
      SINSPEED LTD

  • Hi there.
    I own a Volvo C30 2008 2.0 liter and I would like to know if the ABS module is codificated for each car, I mean, is it possible to install a second hand ABS module from another C30 on mine?

    • Hi Eduardo

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I believe they are coded so you would have to take it to a dealership or an autoelectrian with dealer level equipment to have it re-coded. Please note on some units re-coding is not always possible.

      We have a forum which we’ve recently launched, if you log on, you can speak with many mechanics and enthusiasts that may be able to shed more light on your specific vehicle.. click here to access the forum.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

  • Hi. I have exactly the same pressure sensor issue, resulting in a ESP light permanently on. Are you able to remove and fix the ABS unit on site, or do I have to remove it myself and post it? Thanks.

    • Hello Graham

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      You can send the unit to us or drive in and let us do the whole job for you. We’ve sent you an email with pricing and further information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi,
    Exactly same problem on an 08 focus. Permanant ESP light on. What would be the pricing for a fix at one of your sites?
    Thanks.
    Lee

    • Hello Lee

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      It’s the most common fault found with this model of ABS pump but we still advise having the fault codes read via diagnostics before committing to buy any parts. I have however sent you a quick email with further information and pricing including additional labour to have the part fitted professionally at a Sinspeed service centre.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • i have a 02 focus estate with abs/ esp lights on. Diagnosis says it abs pump motor circuit failure C1300 also brake hydraulic pressure transducer front left wheel circuit failure. After reading your info would a modification to the abs pump sort this. ??. Also what would the cost be and how long would it take. Also can i bleed the system once refitted. Regards Chris.

    • Hi Chris

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I’ve sent you a quick email with an estimated cost of repairs and some information as to our ABS Repairs and procedure.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi, I own a 2003 Ford Focus zx5 ABS and traction control.
    I had it diagnosed and it seem like I have a abs circuit failure. How much would it cost to replace it with one of your abs pump and where are you located. I live in Quebec Canada. So if you can email me all the info it would be appreciated.
    Regards, Kevin.

    • Hi Kevin

      Thank you for the enquiry,

      We’ve sent you an email quotation to have your Ford Focus ABS Pump module tested and repaired. I’ve also stated the procedure to send your unit to us from Canada. Please remember to mark the consignment as “Temporary Import Into UK – Repair & Return” so that the consignment does not incur additional taxes / customs charges.

      If you do have any further queries, please come back to me.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi, i have a ford focus 1.6 08 model , the ESP light is on continuously . have not had diagnostic test done yet but am expecting the worst case senorio. could you give me a quote for fixing the ABS pump and the nearest service centre to Bs37 area yate near Bristol. Thank you

    • Hello Stephen

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you a quick email with full pricing and repair information for your Ford Focus ABS unit based on the possible brake pressure sensor fault.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi mate, i have esp problem on my 2008 ford focus 2.0l diesel titanium, the code is C1288 (break pressure sensor) what id like to know is how much its gonna be to repair and what i need to do, where i can take (my postcode RG18***, do i give you the part or whole car etcetc

    kind Regards

    Bazza

    • Hi Barrie

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We can repair it but also we’ve got replacement units in stock for faster turnaround. We can also offer the fitting service if you’d prefer we took on the whole job for you. I’ve sent over an email with full pricing and information on the services available to you and although we have customers travel to us from all over the country, our workshop isn’t too far from the postal code you provided.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi ,I have a 2007 Mazda 5 diesel with fault code c1288 . please could you advise on cost of repair and what the options are . my postcode is le16 . regards,simon titchener

    • Hi Simon

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got replacement units on the shelf for the Mazda 5 and our units are self-calibrating so you don’t need to worry about programming them in – all we’ll need is the vehicle registration and we can match it up to your vehicle for you. I have sent you an email with prices to supply and also to supply & fit if required.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • I have an 08 ford focus with the c1288 diagnostics code re the abs pump could you give me a price and your nearest sinspeed depot to wa89yp

    Thanks

    • Hi Clive

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got replacement units in stock and have sent you an email with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi
    I have a ford c max 2008 diesel
    Problem with esp light constantly switched on with engine management system icon also illuminated.
    What would the possible problem be and how much would it likely to cost ?
    Thanks Simon

    • Hi Simon,

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I’ve just sent you an email for further information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi Jason,
    I’m driving a Year 2010 Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI.
    It is showing “Brake Fault Workshop”. The workshop I went told me the fault code is
    “01130 – ABS Operation” and the ABS pump must be replaced.
    Please give me a quote if you were to fix it?
    Thank you.

    • Hello Keith,

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      I have sent over an email with pricing and further information regarding an ABS unit for your Skoda Octavia.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      Sinspeed

  • my ford focus 08 reg has the esp yellow light Permanently on, the abs appears to work fine, i see this is a common fault, can you advise on possible solution by you and the price i would be looking at, regards Kevin

    • Hi Kevin

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We’ve got replacement units in stock for the 2008 Ford Focus and have sent you an email with pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hi, ive got a mazda 5 sport, 2 litre petrol, 08 plate and have had vehicle on scanner where code c1288 primary pressure transducer circuit failure was diagnosed. Can you advise on the best thing to do. Will it be a new unit and also will the car pass an MOT with the fault light on?

    • Hello Scott

      Thanks for the enquiry and many apologies for the delay in getting back to you.

      We have replacement units in stock for this part, and have sent over an email now with full pricing and information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • Hello,
    I have Ford Focus II 2006 and the same pressure sensor issue, resulting in a ESP light permanently on.
    I am sure you are able to remove and fix the ABS unit on site, but can you tell me please how will much will cost?

    Thanks you!

    Freddy

    • Hello Freddy,

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We have sent you a quick email with full pricing and repair information for your Ford Focus ABS unit based on the possible brake pressure sensor fault.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

    • Hello H

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      We’ve sent over an email now with pricing and further information.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

  • I have a volvo v50 2007 model and i just got the dreaded bcm-0130 and 0131. I live in Norway is there anyway for you to help me out?

    • Hello Tom,

      Thanks for the enquiry and many apologies for the delay in our response.

      We have sent you an email with full pricing and repair information for your Volvo V50 ABS unit based on the possible brake pressure sensor fault.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

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