Common ABS (ESP) Fault – Brake Pressure Sender / Sensor Switch Failure – Audi / Mazda / Mitsubishi / Seat / Skoda & Volkswagen

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VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi Brake Pressure Sensor Switch ABS Fault

The Famous Brake Pressure Sensor ABS Fault
The ABS Pump control module is a very common fault for owners of VW’s, Audi’s, Skoda’s & Seat’s but also all other makes including Mazda, Mitsubishi, Honda and BMW. All suffer with the common ESP system fault. The fault is detected by having the ESP light illuminated on the Dashboard Speedo and also the “ESP OFF” switch will be illuminated too. Pressing the “ESP OFF” switch will have no effect. If you’ve had this problem, you would have most likely taken the vehicle to your local garage where they’d plug it onto a diagnostics machine and find the following common fault code: “01435 Brake Pressure Sensor 1 (G201)” or it would have given you the following fault description: “Brake Pressure Sensor” or “Brake Pressure Sender”.

If you had your vehicle in with the main dealers then you would have been told that you need to replace the ABS Pump Control Module. In fact, almost any garage you go to will tell you the same thing. A replacement ABS unit for your vehicle would be in the regions of £1000 – £1500 (+Vat) and that’s not including Labour. Luckily for you, we can repair these units for a fraction of the cost and could potentially save you a lot of money. What’s more, we now offer a full LIFETIME warranty on the replacement / remanufactured parts giving you complete peace of mind.

Most Common Vehicles Affected
Audi A2
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 1 Series
BMW 3 Series
Citroen C3
Ford Focus
Ford C-Max
Honda Accord
Honda CRV
Lexus IS200
Lexus IS300
Mazda 3
Mitsubishi Outlander
Opel Astra
Peugeot 206
Peugeot 207
Seat Leon
Seat Altea
Seat Toleda
Skoda Octavia
Suzuki Splash
Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Suzuki Vitara
Toyota Celica
Toyota Colorado
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota MR2
Toyota Rav4
Toyota Yaris
Vauxhall Astra
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Bora
Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Tourag
Volkswagen Touran
Volvo C30
Volvo C70
Volvo S40
Volvo V50

Exchange Units Kept In StockWhat 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). Many 2000+ VW’s, Audi’s, Skoda’s & Seat’s are fitted with the ESP system. ABS prevents the wheels locking up under harsh braking / emergency braking, 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 You Should Choose Sinspeed To Replace / Remanufacture Your ABS unit
The ABS pump will have failed due to a manufacturing defect and replacing it with a new unit or even a second hand one does not necessarily prevent this from happening again. In fact, if you was to replace it with a working second hand unit, then you will be waiting for the day for it to fail because they are all failing at one point or another. The problem is with the Internal Brake Pressure Sender Sensor Switch. Once this fails, the ESP system is no longer working. There are other companies that will simply replace this part and return it to you, but that will not prevent it from happening again in the future.

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.

Written by Jason

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103 thoughts on “Common ABS (ESP) Fault – Brake Pressure Sender / Sensor Switch Failure – Audi / Mazda / Mitsubishi / Seat / Skoda & Volkswagen

    1. Sinspeed Ltd Post author

      Hi Susan,

      Yes, we ship to Ireland quite frequently actually. We can post worldwide to any destination.

      Regards,
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  1. Dave Gibson

    Hi, I think i may have the same issue, my ESP doesn't work, and the ESP OFF button is constantly illuminated with no effect when pressing it. The only difference is that i have no light illuminated on the dash. I have had a scan which has come back with the code described above. Cheers

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    1. Sinspeed Ltd Post author

      Hi Dave,

      A strange one, could be the bulb which is used to illuminate the ESP light on the dash could be damaged or previously removed if this was a known problem by a previous owner or garage for example. However, having the fault code G201 / 01435 suggests you definitely have the same fault as described. We now have these units readily available on the shelf for a next-day dispatch and also a very affordable and cost-effective fitting service.

      For more information, please call our office on 0871 2887 666 or send an email to the support team. Alternatively if you can provide us with a contact number, I can have a member of our team call you back.

      Best Regards,
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  2. Jesper

    Hello, my grandfather has a passat 1.8 T from 2003 when ESP lamp starts and stops sometimes. What could be the problem?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jesper

      We’d need to have the vehicle in to run a full diagnostics to see where the problem is coming from. Please call our office for details on 0871 2887 666 or alternatively if you send us a email, we will get straight back to you.

      Best Regards
      Support Team
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  3. Michael ratuita

    Hi, my esp light is on on my dash for my 2005 audi s4. How much will it cost me to repair the problem?

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Michael

      We’d need to diagnose why the ESP light has come on. It may not be the brake pressure sensor problem which we’ve listed in the article. Please call our office for details on 0871 2887 666 or alternatively if you send us a email, we will get straight back to you.

      Best Regards
      Support Team
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  4. Mr J A Middis

    Golf Mk 4 AU53 WEC Mileage 28000

    ESP light does not go off

    Please quote and advise where the job will be done

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Mr Middis

      We have the unit readily available in stock for both postage and fitting service is required. For pricing, please call our offices on 0844 847 9999 or alternatively, please send an email and a member from our sales team will get right back to you.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Support Team
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  5. Des

    Hi,
    I have a 2005 VW Passat (UK) 1.9 TDI with 38k miles. There are three yellow lights on the dashboard which are lit:
    1 – glow plug light (flashes),
    2 – parking brake system fault,
    3 – electronic stabilisation programme.

    I also get an engine fault and a parking brake fault message on the console when I start the car. My mechanic tells me the fault codes indicate a faulty brake pressure sensor in the ABS unit and that as a sensor repair kit isn’t available I will have to replace the complete ABS module – approx £1200 for a new unit…..

    Does this sound correct and what do you advise are the options for replacing the ABS unit if he is correct?
    Thanks,
    Des

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Des

      Well, most VW Passat’s have an external ‘Brake Pressure Sensor’ screwed in to the side of the ABS block, however, if you send your unit in to our workshop, we can remanufacture it at a fraction of the cost of replacing the unit – and no programming will be required. We also offer a fitting service as well.

      For pricing, please call our offices on 0844 847 9999 or alternatively, if you send an email.. a member from our sales team will get right back to you.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Support Team
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  6. Patrick Tracey

    Hi,

    I have a 2008 golf mk5 1.9 bluemotion with 4 lights on my dashboard, abs, ESP and brake light and a constant loud beeping noise, I’m not sure if it has any thing to do with it but the 4th light is a yellow steering wheel? The car was involved in light front end damage and parked up for nearly a year, does that sound like an abs pump failure?

    Regards

    Patrick

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Patrick

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      This sounds like a complete ABS pump failure. When the ABS pump loses communication with other modules, it will cause all three lights to appear on the dashboard and in some cases even the steering wheel light (yellow/red) because it is linked to the steering angle sensor. However, we recommend having the vehicle connected to a diagnostics system to confirm the faults. I believe we have the Golf Mk5 1.9TDi Bluemotion ABS pumps in stock if you do require one and we can offer the diagnostics & fitting services if needed.

      For more information, please call our offices on 0844 847 9999 or alternatively please email us and a member of our team will get back to you.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Support Team
      Sinspeed Ltd

      Reply
  7. James

    Hi there, I have a 2006 BMW 1 Series and I have got both the brake light and traction light constantly on my dashboard in amber.. Do I need to have this abs module rebuilt? The computer shows as there being a pressure sensor fault.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi James

      This is a very common fault and we now carry these units in stock on an exchange basis. This means you won’t need to send your unit in for repair, simply order our replacement part and send the old exchange part back to us. Alternatively we can offer a complete supply & fit service and still make it a fraction of the price you would expect to pay anywhere else!

      For pricing and more information, please email support or alternatively call us on 0844 847 9999.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  8. wim

    Hello I’m looking for a abs ecu for audi a6 partnr 8E0614111AH .
    do you have one? how much is it and do you send too Holland?
    thank you

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      We do have this in stock, please call for a quotation on 0844 847 9999 or alternatively please send an email via our Contact form.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  9. JimC

    My daughters Golf 1.6 FSI already had an AbS light on when it was involved in an accident where the front drivers suspension was replaced, the garage handling the repair gave her the car back for a few days with two lights on, the original ABS fault light and the ESS steering wheel icon, and at one point an ESP light came on and went off again.

    The garage then took it back and charged her to repair the ABS fault, and the ESS fault , duringbwhichnInw told the steeringbwheel was removed and replaced.

    The car was returned with NO lights, but within one week the ESP light has come on the dash and the button on the console is lit constantly showing ESP is off.

    I have tried the re-calibration of the steering wheel angle sensor turning it right and left whilst the engine is on but not moving, then driving in Straight line, and switching off and I went through the ignition sequence again with no success, we still have the ESP light.

    I am puzzled how the garage could give her the car back with no lights , and within a few days the ESP light would appear?

    Thanks for any advice, particularly is it safe for her to drive.
    Jim

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Jim

      With the ESP light on, the ABS should be functional however the traction control system will be de-activated. You would need to check the fault codes to determine where the problem is but it sounds like the common Brake Pressure Sensor. This part can fail at any given time without any warning symptoms so although it does look like a bit too much of a coincidence it happening within a few days of receiving the car back, it is completely possible that the part failed of natural causes due to the design fault.

      We carry these parts in stock ready for a same-day dispatch because they’re so common and we sell on average 3-4 a day nationwide.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  10. Daniel

    Hi there,

    I’ve been having this problem on my Audi A2 for quite some time already, quite because of the expensive price to replace the part.

    Can you tell me what would be the price for replacing the unit for one of yours? I’m in Portugal.

    Thanks,
    Daniel

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Daniel

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      We can repair this pump but don’t carry stock for the Audi A2 so you would have to send your unit in for repair. Please email us for a price on repair & shipping to Portugal.

      Kindest Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  11. Richard

    My abs and esp lights on dash stay on had unit tested by ecu testing derby, no faults BUT G201 CODE STILL COMES UP ANY IDEAS

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Richard

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      Depends on the exact vehicle – we’ve never had a G201 fault we can’t solve so I would be keen to know more on this one. Please call on 0844 847 9999 or alternatively send us an email with your full vehicle details (make/model/year) and your postal code for a customised quotation.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  12. joel

    Hi.
    . My touareg 2004 has brake at fault stop vehicle but it’s giving me any code when t put the scanner what can I do

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Joel

      Thank you for contacting us,

      You will need to use VAGCOM or equivelant to get codes out of the ABS Brakes module, the faults won’t be stored in Engine ECU so it will say no stored codes if that is where you’re looking. We can offer a diagnosis service as well as a repair service. For details, please email us or call on 0844 847 9999.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  13. peter haldane

    Hi there, I have a customer with a mk 6 gold, getting the brake pressure sensor fault, what is the price for your fixed units, and what time can you turn them around?
    Peter

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Peter

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      Our sales team have replied to your enquiry via email as we do not list prices on our website. Please check your email inbox :)

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  14. scott stirrup

    I have a audi a3 20L tdi 53 plate mk2 and the esp light is on. I have had the code read and it says that it is sensor g201.how much would it be for a replacement fitted and I live near Manchester thanks.

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Scott

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      Someone will be in touch shortly with a quotation for you.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  15. Tom Broome

    Hi,

    I have an Audi A4 2.0 Tdi 170 avant with the ESP light on. The following codes come 00493 ESP sensor unit (G419) 004 – No Signal/ Communication.

    The ABS light is not on

    Do you think its the ABS module?

    Tom

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Tom

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      The G419 ESP Sensor Unit is an external sensor which usually would be found fitted near the steering column. Ensure you have power going to this sensor as it may be a wiring fault but if wiring is okay, change the sensor and see if the fault will clear. When changing this sensor, you will need to perform adaptations using VAG-COM or equivelant. We offer a step-by-step tutorial on how to use VAG-COM to perform basic settings and adaptations for these sensors on our Sinspeed Forum but is only accessible for active forum users.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
  16. Rob Joyce

    Hi
    I have a 2003 audi a3 2l fsi, my engine management light is on, and when I drive my abs and esp light comes on and stays on till I turn the car off. When I start it again they are not on but come on shortly after I start driving, could this be the same problem?
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Rob

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      No – this sounds like you have another issue on the vehicle. There are many sensors which work together and can all trigger this type of fault so it’s best to get it plugged in for a diagnostics and get the fault codes.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      Admin Team
      SINSPEED LTD

      Reply
      1. V Walker

        I had a similar fault with a Chevrolet Kalos.I.E engine fault warning light, it was also affecting the zircon system and putting the LPG low warning beep on, had new heat sensor for the LPG fitted but it did not change a thing. I never cottoned on that although there is no water leak, my Kalos needs topping up more often than one would normally expect. Although the temperature guage read normal, which is what stopped me following that track. After a long while it became evident that the problems were all connected insufficient water in the header tank. Lo , and behold, all of those problems were cleared up overnight !

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  17. Neil

    Hi,

    I have a 2007 Octavia VRS. yesterday the the steering wheel, the traction esp and tyre pressure warning lights came on.Then drove for a bit and the steering wheel warning light went out.
    Diagnostics give

    1) 01435 – Brake pressure sensor (G201)
    no or incorrect basic setting
    2) 00778 Steering angle sensor (G85)
    no or incorrect basic setting
    3) 01423 lateral acceleration sensor (G200)
    no or incorrect basic setting

    And last but not least

    4) 01135 interior monitoring sensors
    no signal/communication

    Would you be able to help with 1-3?

    Best Regards,

    Neil

    Reply
    1. admin Post author

      Hi Neil

      Can definitely help with these problems, drive in.. give us 30-40 minutes and we’ll have it sorted for you :)

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

      Reply
  18. V Walker

    I have just had a new ABS sensor fitted to my Kalos, cost £145, car is old now, so suspect others will go soon, can you beat that price ?

    Reply
    1. Jason Post author

      Hi

      If you can send us an email with the part number I can get a competitive price for you. Also the other faults you mentioned are not related to the article.. this is targeted more towards ABS faults but it is helpful information for anyone that may have had similar problems the ones you’ve experienced so thank you for sharing :)

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

      Reply
  19. Mark Frerk

    Hi we have an audi Quattro allroad 2003 model we have an issue with the abs warning lamp and ride height adjustment light as well as the esp staying on all the time then when drove for a while 2 out of the 3 go of and the height adjuster stays on when they are all on the engine revs up more hope you can give me some information at the start the brake lights would come on when we are not around the car I fixed this issue by replacing the brake switch. Thanks Mark

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    1. Jason Post author

      Hello Mark

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      Really the vehicle would need a diagnostics to read any fault codes coming up when the lights are on. Without this information we would be shooting in the dark.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

      Reply
  20. Peter

    I have an Audi A6 2.4 and have an error in my ESP module that gives Brake pressure sensor 1 (G201). How can i fix it?

    Reply
    1. Jason Post author

      Hello Peter

      Thank you for your enquiry,

      We carry most brake pressure sensor units and ABS pumps / modules in stock. I would need your vehicle registration and part numbers from your ABS unit to match up the correct part for you and price you accordingly. Please come back to me with this information and I will assist you further.

      Kind Regards

      Jason
      SINSPEED

      Reply
  21. admin Post author

    Hi Barry,

    In all honesty we have not approached the AA or any other 3rd party company. These companies will always prefer customers to use main-dealer parts as they are the original parts manufactured to of course OE specification and it would be a lot more work for them to monitor the quality of products produced by other companies if they began outsourcing.

    Unfortunately if you decide to go through the insurance then you will have to have it replaced with a new part only which again, could fail in the near future.

    However, please supply us with the part number from your unit, we can in most cases supply a unit at a fraction of the cost.

    Kind Regards,
    Tech Team
    Sinspeed Ltd

    Reply
  22. admin Post author

    Hi Barry,

    Okay if you've got to pay the difference from your pocket (being £700 in this case) then we can definitely save you money. Even our most expensive off-the-shelf units are not that expensive. Email us a part number and I'll give you a quote.

    You're more than welcome to offer our solution to the AA and we'd be more than happy to discuss the matter in further detail with them.

    Kind Regards,
    Tech Team
    Sinspeed Ltd

    Reply

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