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Alex2013GT
post Nov 20 2013, 01:34 AM
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So my wife calls me at work today to tell me her ESC off light came on. I asked if she hit the ESC button which she couldn't find so I told her I would take a look at it when I get home. An hour later she calls to tell me her CEL came on. I thought, hmm this is odd, but assumed the CEL had to do with something regarding emissions or a loose gas cap. She said the car was driving fine so I told her again that I would take a look at it when I got home and have the codes read. So after dinner, I take her car to O'Reilly's to have the codes read for free. It was throwing codes P0504 and P0571 which both deal with a faulty brake lamp sensor. I ask the guy to go to the back of the van and tell me if the brake lights are on. After hitting my brakes a couple times he tells me that there is nothing. So he goes in to check and they don't have the brake lamp sensor in stock, but another store close by has it in. He calls the store and makes sure they actually have it on hand (which they did), so I get that, a new engine air filter and a cabin air filter. I think to myself, well at least one of the three is going to be easy! laugh.gif

So I drop the van off at home and let my wife know what's going on and then run over to the other store. I get back around 9 and get to work. I locate the sensor and unscrew the nut and think to myself, well this isn't too bad. It was tight, but I was able to access the sensor just fine. So then I try to pull the sensor out and can't. I try everything possible, but there is a metal bar behind the sensor which was preventing me from removing it. After much debate and struggle, I end up taking the dash apart and removing everything I can so I can get much better access to the sensor. The metal bar is still there and I can see it is welded to the car so I wasn't going to be removing that. Now I'm starting to get annoyed! Well after much aggravation and scraped up hands I finally am able to bend the bar just enough to pull the sensor out. DAMN was that hard to get out though. Thankfully, the new one, while it was still difficult, was much easier getting back in. I tighten the sensor up, and put the car all back together. The good news is I only ended up with one extra screw once the car was reassembled. rofl.gif

So what I learned tonight is that if the stop lamp switch ever goes bad again on that car, I am having her take it to a shop to replace! I also knocked out the easy project (engine air filter) but decided the cabin air filter would wait for another day. Maybe I was doing something wrong, but somehow I am not surprised that it was such a PITA to replace. Something as simple as replacing a turn signal bulb requires removing the radiator cover (and about 20 of those plastic snap screw things), unscrewing the light and removing the entire housing just so I can replace the turn signal bulb.

Well on that note it is time to get some sleep! thumbsup.gif


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post Nov 20 2013, 02:37 AM
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One of those "thank god that's over" sort of jobs by the looks of it.


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post Nov 20 2013, 03:26 AM
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I just had that sensor replaced on my car too. It took the dealership about 15 minutes once it was in the garage. Then again - they've done it in the past and know the steps to go through. Glad it's over. I was still having issues with my brake lights afterwards (turned out I was shorting extra wire from my custom tail lights and blowing a fuse... separate problem entirely)


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post Nov 20 2013, 04:16 AM
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Hey-I've had a similar experience, where you have to wonder who designed this or dreamed up that, and now it seems impossible to repair or replace. mad.gif


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post Nov 20 2013, 08:36 AM
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QUOTE (hyundave @ Nov 20 2013, 03:26 AM) *
I just had that sensor replaced on my car too. It took the dealership about 15 minutes once it was in the garage.

Honestly, I think it would've taken me not much more than 15 minutes if it wasn't for that metal bar. I'd be curious to see how the dealership would get to it on the Entourage and whether they would take the dash apart too.

And yes it was defintely a I'm glad this crap is over job. But I did feel a sense of accomplishment when my wife asked me this morning if her car was fixed and ready to go! She was happy, which made it all worth it. biggrin.gif


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post Nov 20 2013, 09:14 AM
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post Nov 20 2013, 12:31 PM
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Good job, So i assume that fixed the issue then?


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post Nov 20 2013, 12:50 PM
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So far so good. CEL and ESC lights are both off. Only time will tell if there is a separate issue with ESC that caused the light to go on. Hopefully not as we are using the van for a road trip over Thanksgiving.


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post Nov 20 2013, 03:31 PM
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Sounds like a PITA job and cooler weather makes it even worse.
Great Job. Be safe with your traveling during thanksgiving.


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Wow good job! Seems a lot of newer cars have issues like this (simple parts hard to replace). I remember reading somewhere that to replace the headlights on the last generation malibu it was 4 hours book time. What engineer designed that? Probably the one who designed the solstice targa's removable roof that could not fit in the trunk, lol. American engineering at its finast!


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