Toyota Corolla ABS Speed Sensor

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Talha

Ottawa, Canada

#1 Mar 25, 2011
Hey
A few days ago, the abs light came on. I got it checked from a dealership and they said its a rear right speed sensor fault. They want me to replace the hub, bearings and the speed sensors at a total cost of about $700.
Personally, I dont want to spend that much. I opened up the wheel and looked at the speed sensor. There is an electrical connection connected to the speed sensor. I gave the wires a small shake and the abs light turned off. I put on the wheel and went out for a drive. In a few minutes the light came on again. Now I opened the wheel, removed the electrical connection from the abs speed sensor, cleaned it with WD-40(a cleaner) and then connected it again to the speed sensor. Now the light doesn't go off. Can anyone explain what the problem is?
And if i need to replace it, how can I do it myself?
Talha

Ottawa, Canada

#2 Mar 25, 2011
and i forgot to mention, its a 2009 Corolla CE
liner

Bellport, NY

#3 Mar 27, 2011
Talha wrote:
and i forgot to mention, its a 2009 Corolla CE
Not familiar with your car, but it would seem that the sensor could be replaced independently of the bearings etc. How about going to a local repair shop?
letni

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Jun 2, 2011
Hello,
I have a 09 corolla XRS and have the same problem to. It's a bad abs sensor (Rear Left side). I check the abs sensor for reading and I got nothing out of it. But I just check all the main components. Everything check out fine, but the sensor. The first time it happen. That sensor cause my four MIL on. Brake, VSC, ABS, and Traction control. But a week later it went off. Then once it came back it stay on. Now it's going off and on. Mainly on. The abs sensor was just bad. Do you have the same MIL on to? My been on for the last 7 month now. I still trying to finger out to replace just the abs sensor. I wasn't to worry because it was just a abs sensor fault. So I kinda put it on the side for a while. But it's $134 from NAPA just the abs sensor.
Oh, how easy was it to get to the abs sensor. I think the abs sensor is press in. I haven't got time to take my off.
Since the weather is nice this weekend I'm going to try take it off.

Oh I did come across a web site. The rear hub and plus the abs sensor together was around $116. I foget the site. But if I'm right your repair should be easier then mine.
Will I'll see how it'll go this week.
You just going to have to replace the abs sensor or the whole hub and abs sensor together, what ever is cheaper.
Steve in Syacuse NY

Watertown, NY

#5 Mar 6, 2012
Talha wrote:
and i forgot to mention, its a 2009 Corolla CE
I have the same issue with my 2009 Corolla LE. It's a Japanese built model made in 2008.
It first started after sitting for week; when I went to back out of garage the brakes seemed to be ceased and then let go with a "twang" and the ABS/Brake Light came on. The ABS/Brake lights went on/off intermittently but then stayed on steadily after a while.
Iíve been to local mechanic four times so far as follows:
1. Diagnostic Codes: CO210 ( Speed Sensor Failure - Right Rear)and C1238 Plug to Right Rear. Replaced plug to right rear, terminal repair kit and heat shrink. Result = ABS/Brake came right back on within 5 miles.
2. Dianostic: ABS Light shows inactivity with left rear ABS sensor = Clean/apply electric grease to connections. Result = ABS/Brake light back on.
3. Diagnostic: Clean/Apply Electric Grease to both Rear ABS Sensors. Drove 400ft and ABS/Brake light on again. Also occurring after the 2nd fix is disturbing noise from front of vehicle and vibration through brake pedal with light braking at low speeds. Mechanics now say this is the ABS module located in the engine compartment when it gets confused by the faulty ABS Sensor readings with the system thinking the rear wheels are slipping due to faulty ABS Sensor readings. Next option being suggested is replacement of complete Rear Wheel Hub Assembly because the female connection for the ABS Sensor is totally corroded resulting in female end of ABS Sensor not seating correctly within the hub. And the wheel bearings in the hub are ok but apparently all must be replaced as one unit to resolve.
New Hub assembly from dealer quoted at $443 Retail but I'm researching a Koyo Wheel Hub Assembly -Rear (for Japanese Models) Part Number: W0133-1812555 for $172 through www.thepartsgeek.com .
liner

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Mar 7, 2012
Steve in Syacuse NY wrote:
<quoted text>
I have the same issue with my 2009 Corolla LE. It's a Japanese built model made in 2008.
It first started after sitting for week; when I went to back out of garage the brakes seemed to be ceased and then let go with a "twang" and the ABS/Brake Light came on. The ABS/Brake lights went on/off intermittently but then stayed on steadily after a while.
Iíve been to local mechanic four times so far as follows:
1. Diagnostic Codes: CO210 ( Speed Sensor Failure - Right Rear)and C1238 Plug to Right Rear. Replaced plug to right rear, terminal repair kit and heat shrink. Result = ABS/Brake came right back on within 5 miles.
2. Dianostic: ABS Light shows inactivity with left rear ABS sensor = Clean/apply electric grease to connections. Result = ABS/Brake light back on.
3. Diagnostic: Clean/Apply Electric Grease to both Rear ABS Sensors. Drove 400ft and ABS/Brake light on again. Also occurring after the 2nd fix is disturbing noise from front of vehicle and vibration through brake pedal with light braking at low speeds. Mechanics now say this is the ABS module located in the engine compartment when it gets confused by the faulty ABS Sensor readings with the system thinking the rear wheels are slipping due to faulty ABS Sensor readings. Next option being suggested is replacement of complete Rear Wheel Hub Assembly because the female connection for the ABS Sensor is totally corroded resulting in female end of ABS Sensor not seating correctly within the hub. And the wheel bearings in the hub are ok but apparently all must be replaced as one unit to resolve.
New Hub assembly from dealer quoted at $443 Retail but I'm researching a Koyo Wheel Hub Assembly -Rear (for Japanese Models) Part Number: W0133-1812555 for $172 through www.thepartsgeek.com .
Ain't technology great? My 63 Impala never had those kind of problems!
RMUDDER

Acton, Canada

#7 Dec 27, 2013
Just dropped off my 2009 XRS at the dealer with the ABS light issue. I have a bad sensor on the rear left hub. Not an easy plug and play sensor swap unfortunately. The Hub needs to be replaced which sucks. It is a hit or miss like a wheel bearing. Some cars never have a failure, others do. $700 out the door including parts, labour and diagnostics fee. Gotta love technology.

Since: Feb 14

Fort Collins, CO

#8 Feb 3, 2014
Hey all, I left my '09 Corolla S at the Denver airport for three days, and when I returned from my trip, the car was stuck on the ice (snow had fallen, then melted down the car to the ground, surrounding the wheel, then froze during the night). I used the rocking technique to get it unstuck, which worked with no apparent damage, or so I thought. After driving about 50 feet, the "brake" and "ABS" lights came on. Upon finding my way out of long term parking, I found a patch of snow and decided to see if the ABS was still operational. It was NOT. However, normal braking seemed fine. So I drove all the way home with the lights on, and they suddenly shut off as I was exiting the freeway. So I quickly found another snowy parking lot and hit the brakes, and my ABS was functional. I drove home the rest of the way with the lights off. This morning before work, the lights came on about halfway down my short driveway. If it were summer I wouldn't care much, but in the winter, I need ABS and I'm afraid of taking it to a dealer because the bill will probably kill me. How can I tell if it is a bum sensor? Also, if it is a bum sensor, how difficult to replace? My familiarity with cars is probably meager, but better than most (I know what parts of an engine I'm looking at, and I can do minor maintenance myself). I also had new tires put on 1 month ago; do you think they might have screwed something up?

Thanks!
Steve in Syacuse NY

Liverpool, NY

#9 Feb 4, 2014
david_J wrote:
Hey all, I left my '09 Corolla S at the Denver airport for three days, and when I returned from my trip, the car was stuck on the ice (snow had fallen, then melted down the car to the ground, surrounding the wheel, then froze during the night). I used the rocking technique to get it unstuck, which worked with no apparent damage, or so I thought. After driving about 50 feet, the "brake" and "ABS" lights came on. Upon finding my way out of long term parking, I found a patch of snow and decided to see if the ABS was still operational. It was NOT. However, normal braking seemed fine. So I drove all the way home with the lights on, and they suddenly shut off as I was exiting the freeway. So I quickly found another snowy parking lot and hit the brakes, and my ABS was functional. I drove home the rest of the way with the lights off. This morning before work, the lights came on about halfway down my short driveway. If it were summer I wouldn't care much, but in the winter, I need ABS and I'm afraid of taking it to a dealer because the bill will probably kill me. How can I tell if it is a bum sensor? Also, if it is a bum sensor, how difficult to replace? My familiarity with cars is probably meager, but better than most (I know what parts of an engine I'm looking at, and I can do minor maintenance myself). I also had new tires put on 1 month ago; do you think they might have screwed something up?
Thanks!
Sounds like the same issue I had with my '09 Corolla. It looks to be not a rare issue with this vehicle/model/year.

After several attempts to replace/rewire the existing broken sensor(same left wheel as yours) the mechanics next suggestion was replacing the whole wheel hub assembly. The Toyota OEM part was $443 not including labor but there seemed to be other manufacturers now making that replacement part. The hub assemblies may be different for U.S. vs. Japanese built Corollas. Have a reputable local "Independent" mechanic/facility do the diagnosis and work and you'll save some money but it won't be cheap then either, but more acceptable price range.

My car stopped fine with the ABS light on and would still pass inspection but just annoys the heck out of you when it comes on, goes off, comes on, goes off. Seems to stay off during warmer/drier months if you can cope with it that long.

I ended up just getting rid of the car and got a new Prius (and if similar issues happen with new car it will be my last Toyota).

Hope this helps.

Since: Feb 14

Fort Collins, CO

#10 Feb 5, 2014
Steve in Syacuse NY wrote:
<quoted text>
Sounds like the same issue I had with my '09 Corolla. It looks to be not a rare issue with this vehicle/model/year.
After several attempts to replace/rewire the existing broken sensor(same left wheel as yours) the mechanics next suggestion was replacing the whole wheel hub assembly. The Toyota OEM part was $443 not including labor but there seemed to be other manufacturers now making that replacement part. The hub assemblies may be different for U.S. vs. Japanese built Corollas. Have a reputable local "Independent" mechanic/facility do the diagnosis and work and you'll save some money but it won't be cheap then either, but more acceptable price range.
My car stopped fine with the ABS light on and would still pass inspection but just annoys the heck out of you when it comes on, goes off, comes on, goes off. Seems to stay off during warmer/drier months if you can cope with it that long.
I ended up just getting rid of the car and got a new Prius (and if similar issues happen with new car it will be my last Toyota).
Hope this helps.
Yes, this is my last Toyota as well. I had a '98 Corolla CE that was so unstoppable I finally got rid of it for the '09 simply because I was sick of looking at it. Best car I've ever owned; put 150k miles on it, averaged about 40 mpg the whole time (mixed city/freeway!), and never once had a maintenance problem.

That aside, I will report that the ABS/Brake lights have not come on since Sunday afternoon. Moreover, temps this morning were -11 F during my commute, so I don't think heat/weather is causing issues. ABS is still functional when I slam on the brakes. Given how much I hate repairing this car, I'm reluctant to take it in if it's still functional. And I'm with you on the aggravation when the lights come on or off. I hate that kind of thing.

I had some sort of throttle control box go kaput honestly 500 miles after the warranty period. I called Toyota and begged them to fold it in, but they wouldn't budge, and of course the dealer was more than happy to charge me full MSRP for the part and stick me with a labor/overhead rate that no company in the world should charge. Total damage was $1,600. Aside from the usual things like new windshield ($400), tires ($500), etc., I'm sick of this car, and I've only had it 3 and a half years. My '98 was driven for 12 years, every day. What was once a great model seems to have eroded, at least in my mind. Next time I'm going with Audi. Yeah, I know, parts are really expensive, but quality and warranty are top notch.

How can I tell if my Corolla is American or Japanese built? I'm suspecting the former, because it has had problems this whole time, but I'd like to know for sure.
Loni kay

UK

#11 Feb 10, 2014
The garage you the right diagnosis. It's the play in your wheel bearing that is interfering with the rotation of you Tone Wheel/Reluctor Wheel and interfering with the speed sensor reading. The WARNING LIGHT IS ON FOR A REASON..! Spend the MONEY or SCRAP the CAR..! That's my Opinion :-)
tuvshu

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

#12 Feb 16, 2014
hi guys.I have toyota corolla allex. My speedometer does not work, and when the gear is changed check light comes on, and brake light comes on. In my opinion speed sensor is fault. How i repair it help me.

thanks

Since: Feb 14

Fort Collins, CO

#13 Feb 17, 2014
tuvshu wrote:
hi guys.I have toyota corolla allex. My speedometer does not work, and when the gear is changed check light comes on, and brake light comes on. In my opinion speed sensor is fault. How i repair it help me.
thanks
What is the "allex"? I've never heard of that trim level.

I'm curious how you believe the speed sensor is what is driving your brake light to come on. I would surmise the brake light comes on because there's something wrong with the brakes.

If I had to guess, I'd say you have a bad onboard computer issue. You can retrieve the diagnostic error codes from the computer if you take it to a dealer while the car is running and the error lights are lit up. Otherwise, just google how to extract the diagnostic codes yourself and start whittling away at the core problem.
dean

West Olive, MI

#14 Apr 13, 2014
i have 2009 corolla with left rear sensor on. dealer said it would cost 700.00 to fix. I bought the rear hub bearing and sensor online for 118.00 dollars and put it on myself. it would have been a easy job if the old hub wasn't rusted on. I ended up renting a hub puller that has a weight that you slide to pull it off. wasn't getting anywhere until I took a 25lb weight and put that on the slide and then it broke loose. now I have a new hub,bearing and sensor. light is still on. I hope it goes off soon. does anybody know how long before it resets?
liner

Bellport, NY

#15 Apr 14, 2014
dean wrote:
i have 2009 corolla with left rear sensor on. dealer said it would cost 700.00 to fix. I bought the rear hub bearing and sensor online for 118.00 dollars and put it on myself. it would have been a easy job if the old hub wasn't rusted on. I ended up renting a hub puller that has a weight that you slide to pull it off. wasn't getting anywhere until I took a 25lb weight and put that on the slide and then it broke loose. now I have a new hub,bearing and sensor. light is still on. I hope it goes off soon. does anybody know how long before it resets?
Usually it will go out if you disc the battery for at least 15 min. Assuming it's fixed, of course!
Jitesh_Toronto

Woodbridge, Canada

#16 Jul 18, 2014
I am from Toronto, Canada. I have 2009 Corolla-CE. I do have same problem too. ABS was working fine till last fall (dec'2013), than onwards ABS and brake light is "ON" all the time. Dealership asked to replace right rear hub assembly and wire sensor,($340+$40=$380+13% HST=$430) for parts only. I bought Timken hub assembly ($275) from Rockauto online, bought wire sensor from dealership ($44). Going to change by myself tonight..
I called Toyota Canada, and asked them for any recall on this issue. They said, there is no recall on this, as such people don't have reported these issue to them.
I urge each and every one, this is an issue which needs to report. Coz Hub assembly has build in ABS sensor, it must be robust and reliable, it can't break down in 4 years like what happened with most of us.
Toyota should take responsibilities for this, but at the same time, it's our responsibility to report such incident to make it mark.
thanks for your time..
Steve in Syacuse NY

Liverpool, NY

#17 Jul 19, 2014
Jitesh_Toronto wrote:
I am from Toronto, Canada. I have 2009 Corolla-CE. I do have same problem too. ABS was working fine till last fall (dec'2013), than onwards ABS and brake light is "ON" all the time. Dealership asked to replace right rear hub assembly and wire sensor,($340+$40=$380+13% HST=$430) for parts only. I bought Timken hub assembly ($275) from Rockauto online, bought wire sensor from dealership ($44). Going to change by myself tonight..
I called Toyota Canada, and asked them for any recall on this issue. They said, there is no recall on this, as such people don't have reported these issue to them.
I urge each and every one, this is an issue which needs to report. Coz Hub assembly has build in ABS sensor, it must be robust and reliable, it can't break down in 4 years like what happened with most of us.
Toyota should take responsibilities for this, but at the same time, it's our responsibility to report such incident to make it mark.
thanks for your time..
Well, I have reported my ABS issues to both (a) NHTSA.GOV as well as directly to Toyota HDQ via their website. I never got any reply whatsoever from Toyota! I believe the Toyota motto has been "If we don't reply to them the problem never existed"...lol.
Tonya of DC

Vienna, VA

#18 Dec 13, 2014
My ABS and Brake light indicators come on intermittently. The dealership charged me $1400 to replace the brake booster. The light still comes on. Then they wanted to charge me another $2400 to replace the ABS actuator. I can't seem to find an honest mechanic to tell me what's really wrong. I wish for a $700 repair. The dealer also recently charged me $2300 to repair leaks. I went to another mechanic and they say there is a very slow leak on a spot where the dealer supposedly made a replacement. I don't know what to do now. I feel like I'm just getting taken advantage of all of the time.
pluda

Kingston, Jamaica

#19 Dec 19, 2014
I need to find a ABS sensor for 2006 Toyota Carolla 4WD right rear
grabb london ontario

London, Canada

#20 Jan 16, 2015
I was just told that my 2009 Corolla XRS has the same problem. This is clearly a design flaw and Toyota is probably stonewalling people who raise the issue with them. I am wondering about driving the car without ABS, which is what we all used to do years ago. Any thoughts on what can be done about this are appreciated.

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