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I have an 06 Grand Vitara that just hit 50,000 miles and the ESP light came on. I brought it in to the dealer and was told I needed a Hydraulic Control Module Assembly for over $1800! The part is not under warranty. The fault code was C1028. Any suggestions? I am thinking of trading it in being that the KBB value is only around $7000

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  • bkincaid Sep 18, 2009

    Hi...ESP stands for electronic stability program. The code is definatley c1028. I have tried looking it up too with no luck. Someone else posted the same problem on here with the same fault code.

  • Ted Schore May 11, 2010

    I dont see a code C1028 are you sure thats the code?? whats esp stand for



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I have the same problem, my 2006 has less than 50,000  miles and light is on....does it really matter, or is the light just somethings that comes on 

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  • Amubid Jun 11, 2011

    I have a 2007 GV and have the same issue, ESP light is on and the dealer says replace the hydraulic cylinder for about $1500. Thinking I should trade in as well. Thoughts?

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    or the brakes are bad and the abs is confused and then esp, find a non dealer any ASE shop, he will NOT lie to you, he is not the stealerships, that throw $1500 models and go, gee not that,, do not use dealer unless flush like Gill Bates.; i love the word usually, nice guess, want 10 more, nah, i respect you hard earned cash(im retired, no need to guess, or rip you off) not one poster scanned it and reported all errors DTC, kinda a wasted effort, not having that, you think? for sure, it can be MANY things, get an independant shop to look ASE RATED, AND not yougest kid, how like to guess. no need to. unless a crook or rich. YOUR call that.

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    i guess, most here never learned to do brake inspections? that be first, huh, what many shops do is take advantage if that, they start with the most expensive part, and then find the abs sensor smashed, DUH?:

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    its called building a ticket, find and honest shop. and win.

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    we start at the bottom and work up , if not ,im an idi0t or crook.


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If this is only on shen the car is in motion make sure you have the same size tyres on all around. Different size tyres will cause it to think some wheels are rotating too fast and skidding.

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    the poster never said if it come on driving normal on flat pavement, not skidding or braking hard, nor states full simptoms, just wild shop guessing or pricing shocks, why not posts when the light comes on, yah think,OP??

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    _-__-___-_ Jan 21, 2015

    great answer on size. very good. is is tires in gross tire imbalance causing wheel hope while braking, stuffing in $2000 bricks is silly to the extreme ,huge list of inspection and driving on road, and off road, will be best in all cases.

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    _-__-___-_ Jan 21, 2015

    worse is my car does same thing,well gee he never said wait it did, (its just a silly Idi0t light) dont let a lamp make you broke, and read the FSM page, it says the same thing, ever read one? amazing, nobody ever does, is only 4$ here.

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    RTM then ask questions, For sure, or try he ASE shop , omg, real pros'


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I believe that was the same problem we had with our 2007 Grand Vitara at 70k. After some research we found there was a recall for a bad passenger seat sensor and it would cause that code. We called our local dealer and they checked the computer and our vehicle never had the recall fixed so we took it in and they installed the seat bottom for free and it took care of the code.

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It is a common problem usually related to a bad ABS module.

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  • Jim K Mar 13, 2015

    When the ESP light comes on (Suzuki Grand Vitara) it is usually caused by a problem with the ABS Module.

    To get a new ABS Module from the dealer costs about $1200 and the shop charges $600 to install it. I don't think a total brake fluid bleed will fix this problem. I think it is an electronic problem with the ABS module. It's a shame that this item is not covered under warranty.
    I have the same problem with my 07 Suzuki and I ordered a used ABS Module on E-bay and the one they sent me had the wrong pin connectors.


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Light on,what does that mean, stuck on, or comes on sometimes(normal) we cant guess that.
does it reset each keyon,? or stays on full time
did you use a real scan tool and log all DTC errors, seems not !

got to an independent shop, and ASE shop, (pros)
get them to diagnosis this, the lamp can come on for many reasons ,read the operators guide yet?: no really.
driving on slippery surfaces.
wrong tires, slick tires, wrong size as poster stated, on one tire,
bad brakes, ,this be first, for sure,,
abs failures. ?

id get the brakes at 100% pads etc, and make sure rotors
are not cracked or warped and that the caliper pins are free sliding
and not sticking, and there are no ABS faults, !!!!
then purge the system (i do this every year, as Dot3/4 is hydroscopic,) purge it per FSM steps, (total bleed)
make sure abs sensors are not, damaged, (hit,or packed in mud)
then drive it .

find a ASE shop, they will not "frraauud you" or "build a ticket"


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