TommyK Posted October 15, 2009 Report Share Posted October 15, 2009 While rolling down a county road in our Saturn Minivan, early one morning before sun-up, mywife passed a vehicle coming from the other direction. Just as soon as she could see the road past the on-coming headlights a coon appeared in our lane. She swerved to the left, but it was too late. She'd caught the critter with the right front and followed up with the right rear tire. Oh well we thought. then "DING", the ABS and Traction control lights came on, with a warning that neither was functional. Before he expired, Mr. Coon reached up, or some part of his anatomy reached up and grabbed the wires which sense wheel motion, (I guess) at the right rear. He pulled them clean out of the plug end. I noticed that GM in their infinite wisdom had placed these wires along a drag link towards the back axle that put them in an extremely vulnerable position. Thanks Fellas! The Non-dealership mechanic said that these were obviously installed wrong. However, a brief survey of identical GM minivans at the local BestBuy and WalMerts revealed this to be a common installation practice. To save us a few bucks, the mechanic and I decided he would twist the wires as best he could back together then shrink wrap them. We are both of the understanding that this is not a permanent fix. Only until we decide how we are going to procede. We may have to turn this into the insurance. Insurance? you say? Yup, the harness alone is $900.00! Not to mention the harness connects all four wheel sensors at the four corners of the vehicle to the on-board computer. This will necessitate the removal of a significant number of large items from underneath the van, like the fuel tank. i.e. big labor! Watch out for them coons. Time was you could straddle them and if Mr. coon kept his head down he could miss the tie rod and rear differential punkin'. No any more. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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