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ABS speed sensor replacement

So I have spent a small fortune on my 56 plate civic ishift lately. Now I have ABS VSA lights on the dash. What sort of replacement and labour costs am I looking at? The left hand rear has an issue with the speed sensor.
I'm undecided if I want to keep spending money on it or get rid.
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Rear wheel sensors can be got for around 25 and are relatively easy to fit. So not really an issue if you're sure which one needs changing!
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Rear wheel sensors can be got for around 25 and are relatively easy to fit. So not really an issue if you're sure which one needs changing!
I know which one needs changing but it was suggested to me to change the rear wheel bearings at the same time.
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I just got rear passenger done. 11 from eBay and half hour labour at the garage (40 inc VAT), took me ages to diagnose which one was bust though!
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I just got rear passenger done. 11 from eBay and half hour labour at the garage (40 inc VAT), took me ages to diagnose which one was bust though!
Did you have to replace the bearing also?
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Did you have to replace the bearing also?
It's only ever necessary to replace the wheel bearing to rectify an ABS problem if/when the magnetic encoder built in to the inner face of the bearing has become damaged (usually due to drill damage caused during previous stuck sensor removal... in which case the ABS/VSA error code will indicate the resulting data problem (rather than simply an open circuit/shorted sensor code).

In any case, I'm not even sure that 8th gen Civics use embedded magnetic encoders built-in to the rear bearings?
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Did you have to replace the bearing also?
It's only ever necessary to replace the wheel bearing to rectify an ABS problem if/when the magnetic encoder built in to the inner face of the bearing has become damaged (usually due to drill damage caused during previous stuck sensor removal... in which case the ABS/VSA error code will indicate the resulting data problem (rather than simply an open circuit/shorted sensor code).

In any case, I'm not even sure that 8th gen Civics use embedded magnetic encoders built-in to the rear bearings?
I have possible failures

signal line open
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I paid 13 quid of ebay 4 years ago easy job to change and still going strong
even if the sensor is stuck in easy to drill out on rear
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signal line open
Sensor failure
That just looks like the sensor or connection has failed. Far more likely to be the sensor, unless someone's been interfering with the wiring.
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I have possible failures

signal line open
Sensor failure
That just looks like the sensor or connection has failed. Far more likely to be the sensor, unless someone's been interfering with the wiring.
The car was sat 6 weeks due to the clutch actuator being repaired.
I first suspected dirt as the disks had rusted. The lights are off now but I'm sure will come on again at some point.

Is there a need to replace the bearing when changing the sensor?
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cant remember for sure but is the actuator ring part of the bearing on the rear
it might be part of the hub
but any play in the bearing will affect how it works
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Was less then 10 from amazon when i replaced my front one, a 5 minute job that stretches into 30 when the sensors gets stuck! Am sure a garage would be able to do it within a 30 minute labour charge if you don't fancy doing it yourself.
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