I have a 92 astro as well with abs. My dash light is also on. However mine is caused by a disconected rear abs system. I have replaced my rear axel with a non abs unit. You did not mention if you had checked the wire connections from the axels. Sometimes they can come loose. The rear wires should be shrouded with a metal sheath and connect to the frame rail just above the rear axel. Make sure they are connected tightly. Follow those lines as far as you can inspecting for any cracks or breaks. Also note that the lines go into the back plate of each axel. You also did not say where the damage to the van was. Front end, drivers side? Near/below the stering colume is where the abs system feeds into. Was this damaged. On each axel (4) when you remove the tires, you should be able to locate the abs sensor. If they are missing/broken on the front axels, replace with good used ones from a salvager. On the rear check to see if they are there as well. Maybe, like me the previous owner swapped out the rear axel with a non abs unit. If that is the case swap it out yourself with a proper used one from a salvage yard. If you buy a rear axel from a salvage yard, get a 3 to 6 month return/exchange gurantee. The ring and pinion gears do go bad in these units and having a shop do this is overly expensive. As for the light in the dashboard, fortunately it is relatively simple to just remove the bulb. Be careful when taking the climate controls apart. That panel has two srews at the bottom and you must slide a small flat screwdriver along the sides to pop out the top. BE CAREFULL WITH WHAT YOU DISCONNECT HERE. Two screws inside this panel must be removed first before you can remove the rest of the dashboard.
Have patience and do not force anything. The plastics get old and brittle and will break if you force it. If it is not coming out then you missed a screw somewhere. If you plan to keep this van for a while you should buy a Haynes general repair manual for this van. Usually about 15 to 20 dollars. Good luck Cali.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 AT 3:15 PM