ABS problem with my 2003 Buick Lesabre. ABS / Traction.
GM Computer codes C1214.

Question = ABS and
traction light came on as leaving house where car had been  parked for
several days.  Checked owners manual then scanned Internet for more info.

Found your site with the ABS codes, but we were unable to find a parts store that could read the
code. Took the car to the dealer who read the code as C1214.

Your site  gives the definition of "Brake Control Relay Contact Circuit Open," which doesn't sound
that bad.  The dealer says the EBCM has to be replaced for about $1100.

We just  wanted to know if this repair is consistent with the code, given the high cost.  Thank you  
for your advice.   


Answer:
Hello and welcome. A service bulletin search came up with no related results.

Yes, this ABS code C1214 description does sound fairly harmless. A relay is usually a  very
inexpensive part to replace. The problem is that the system relay is integral to the  EBC (Electronic
Brake Control Module).

The diagnostic chart for this code is pretty straight forward. A couple of function tests with the
scanner, and a few resistance checks with the volt / ohm meter. The EBCM is  usually the cause.

The cost at the dealer is consistent with this repair. Another option is to get a rebuilt part installed at
a non-dealer shop if cost is an issue.

Programming of an EBCM is required if replacing with a unit that was not the original to the car. This
would need to be done with a dealer scanner.
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Replacement of the unit is a little tricky. It is located on top of the frame rail where the front and left
( driver side ) come together. It is bolted to the ABS valve assembly.  Removal of the left side inner
fender shield, and some TORX sockets are needed.

I think my website will let me send you some pic of its location and removal procedures if this is
something your hubby would like to tackle.

Again, a little tricky, even for a guy who does this for a living.

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2003 Buick Lesabre ABS Code C1214