(2009 Toyota Corolla) I had $1400 worth of work done last week- front struts, brakes, and 2 new tires. Within 20 miles of driving home from the garage, the ABS light came on for a few minutes and then went off. Another 20-30 miles later, the light came on and stayed on for quite some time (as I was travelling- not while stopping), went off again, and then came on and has stayed on. I figured that something had happened when they were working on it (something easy- like a code entry!), so I called the garage and took it back in… and they say that now I need the 2 front ABS sensors ($1000), which had never once come on before I had the brake and strut work done. The front-desk person (not a mechanic) at first was telling me that the sensors weren’t in the same area as the work I had done and would not have been effected, and then I think he also said that maybe the work I had done had actually allowed the car to register the sensor malfunction that had been there previously.
*Does any of that make sense??
*Do you think they damaged the sensor while doing the other work?
*Is there any way that can be proven one way or the other?
(I’ll be calling them on Monday and asking to speak to the owner, who is a decent guy, but I’d like to hear opinions before I do, especially since I am pretty much a mechanical idiot!)