Common Faults in VAG ABS Modules: Understanding Codes 01276, 01130, and 16352

Common Faults in VAG ABS Modules: Understanding Codes 01276, 01130, and 16352

Modern vehicles are equipped with advanced safety features, and one of the most crucial components in this regard is the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). The ABS ensures that your vehicle maintains stability and control during sudden braking, preventing wheels from locking up. However, like any other mechanical or electronic part, ABS modules can experience faults, leading to potential safety hazards. In this article, we will delve into some common faults that VAG (VW, ŠKODA, SEAT, AUDI) ABS modules can encounter, focusing on fault codes 01276 (04FC), 01130 (046A), and 16352 (3FE0).


Understanding ABS Failure 

An ABS failure refers to a malfunction within the Anti-Lock Braking System of your vehicle. When your ABS fails, it can compromise your ability to brake safely and maintain control during emergency braking situations. The ABS works by modulating brake pressure on individual wheels, preventing skidding and maintaining steering control. A failure in this system can lead to increased stopping distances and compromised stability.


Effects of ABS Failure

If your ABS fails, you might experience several concerning issues. The ABS warning light on your dashboard will likely illuminate, indicating a problem. While driving under normal conditions, you may not immediately notice any difference in brake performance. However, during sudden or hard braking, your vehicle may experience wheel lockup, making it difficult to steer and potentially causing a loss of control.


Can You Drive with ABS Failure?

While you technically can drive with ABS failure, it is strongly advised against. Operating your vehicle without a functional ABS increases the risk of accidents, especially during adverse weather conditions or emergency braking situations. It is crucial to address ABS faults promptly to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. 

Commonly Affected Vehicles:


Common Fault Codes and Their Meanings

Fault Code 01276:

Meaning: This code indicates a fault in the hydraulic part of the ABS, specifically the ABS pump motor.

Symptoms: Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL), the orange ABS light on the dashboard illuminates, and the ABS may malfunction during abrupt braking.

Fault Code 01130:

Meaning: ABS Operation Implausible Signal.

Symptoms: Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) ON. This fault code can lead to ABS malfunction during sudden braking.

Fault Code 16352:

Meaning: Control Module - Electrical Error 014 - Defective.

Symptoms: Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) ON. ABS control module may experience electrical malfunctions, impacting overall ABS performance.


Root Causes of ABS Failure

 ABS failures can stem from various causes, including:

  • Malfunctioning ABS pump motor.
  • Wiring or connector issues.
  • Supply or ground issues.
  • Defective ABS control module.
  • Sensor malfunctions.


Addressing The Faults

It is essential to thoroughly examine all aspects associated with the ABS module when a fault occurs. If you come across fault code 01276, a good place to start is by checking the fuses specifically related to the hydraulic pump motor, which are typically located under the bonnet, near the battery. These fuses are prone to failure, leading to an ABS pump motor voltage supply issue. If the fuses are functional, the problem may be with the wiring to and from the ABS connector itself or may lie within the ABS unit.

Possible Causes:

  • Faulty fuse(s)
  • Corroded ground spots
  • Faulty wiring and/or connector(s) to ABS Hydraulic Pump (V64)
  • Malfunctioning ABS Hydraulic Pump or Control Module

Possible Solutions:

  1. Conduct a thorough check of the fuse(s)
  2. Inspect and address any corroded ground spots
  3. Ensure that all supply voltages are present
  4. Examine the wiring and/or connector(s) leading to the ABS control unit
  5. Consider checking and getting the ABS module remanufactured

In such cases that all your checks from steps 1 to 4 come back ok, sending the complete ABS unit, including the pump motor, hydraulic part, and ECU, for remanufacturing is recommended.


Can ABS Modules Be Repaired? 

Absolutely. In cases where the fault lies within the ABS unit, Remanx specialized remanufacturing services can help restore the module's functionality. This service involves a thorough assessment, repair, and testing process to ensure the ABS unit meets or exceeds original specifications.


Cost Considerations

When it comes to the cost of addressing ABS module faults, it ultimately comes down to choosing between remanufacturing and complete new replacement. When contemplating the acquisition of a new ABS module, it is important to recognize that this investment can be relatively substantial. Additionally, integrating a new ABS module into the vehicle typically requires programming. Instead, a more favourable alternative, and one we strongly advocate, is remanufacturing. Our remanufacturing repair service provides a cost-effective solution compared to the higher costs associated with main dealer replacements. Additionally, our service avoids the need for reprogramming, leading to significant cost savings.

While the cost of repairing or replacing an ABS module can sometimes be substantial, it's important to weigh this against the potential safety risks associated with driving a vehicle with compromised braking functionality.



Ensuring the proper functioning of your VAG ABS module is paramount for your safety on the road. Common faults, as highlighted by fault codes 01276, 01130, and 16352, can compromise the effectiveness of your ABS, potentially leading to hazardous situations. If you encounter any of these fault codes or suspect ABS issues, it is advisable to address them promptly.

If you have questions about ABS module remanufacturing or need assistance with your VAG ABS module, consider exploring the MK60EC1 Repair service provided by Remanx. We prioritize your safety and aim to keep you driving securely on the road. Feel free to contact us for any inquiries or guidance related to ABS faults, their causes, or their solutions. Your safety is our top priority.

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1 comment

i have a Golf 2 G60 ABS problem. The electric motor of the hydraulic pump does not switch off automatically.
The two fuses and relays are new.
High pressure switch, pressure accumulator? What could that be? Can you repair this old thing? In Austria it´s impossible.
Best regards
Andreas Tamegger

Andreas Tamegger

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