Subaru ABS noise

Asked by Jul 31, 2016 at 12:17 PM about the 2001 Subaru Outback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a loud clicking noise when at idle either in drive or in park. It happens
whether i have my foot on the brake or not. It is coming from the ABS unit
directly behind the right side headlight.

4 Answers


So, your ABS light is not illuminated??


Unplug the ABS pump to help diagnose (or its fuse or relay). Bad pumps are rare.


Never heard of this.. You try any searches on forums yet?


It's rare, but old ABS pumps can get stuck in running mode, eventually taking down the battery. If I recall some had a bad relay mounted ON the pump that failed. Newer ones have a fuse-block mounted relay that's more robust, perhaps.

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