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Old 06-28-2010, 11:39 AM
BerniniCaCO3 BerniniCaCO3 is offline
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Default ABS light: finding fault code, repairing?

Hi!

I have a 1999 ford ranger. 4wd, though mostly of course I use it in 2wd mode; with the standard 3.0L V6.

My ABS light came on and stays on.
I was trying to find information on forums first, of course. The best I could find was that the rear differential sensor is a common failure, and I believe that my humble handheld OBD II scanner will be able to reset the light? (if in fact it was the rear sensor, then I will know I've succeeded?).

HOWEVER, I'd really like to be more certain. There's going to be a sensor for the front wheels too, and a computer/ control module, or someone was telling me, perhaps something wholly unrelated to ABS but just related to the brakes themselves could trigger the light.

Mechanics all want $100 just to pull codes. That's the price of the ABS control module itself, or the price of replacing the rear sensor more than 6 times over.
Is there another way?

And again, if whatever I try has worked, will the ABS light go off on its own, or will using my scanner to clear codes --though it can't read abs codes-- succeed in clearing the abs code anyway, to make sure it's worked out?


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Old 06-28-2010, 05:03 PM
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Default Re: ABS light: finding fault code, repairing?

I had that problem too. Turns out it was the drivers side front sens or in the hub that went. I bought the replacement on ebay for 78.00, The mechanics I went to wanted 225.00 for it. If you're good with mechanics or know your way around the hubs send a PM to STL, He knows almost everything about Rangers
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:59 PM
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I had that problem too. Turns out it was the drivers side front sens or in the hub that went. I bought the replacement on ebay for 78.00, The mechanics I went to wanted 225.00 for it. If you're good with mechanics or know your way around the hubs send a PM to STL, He knows almost everything about Rangers
I had to bring up an old thread, but I'm having the same problem. I had the codes pulled today and it was the rear sensor and the front passenger(?) side sensor. What's the front sensor called? How hard is it to replace? Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:18 PM
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I had to bring up an old thread, but I'm having the same problem. I had the codes pulled today and it was the rear sensor and the front passenger(?) side sensor. What's the front sensor called? How hard is it to replace? Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:33 PM
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Here is a picture of the sensor location, to give you a vague fuzzy idea of how difficult it will be.
Getting to it entails taking off the tire and possibly splash shield (screws and pushpins.) The sensor is a sealed unit with the loom wire so that the electrical connection is in a less vulnerable point behind the splash shield.

Also inspect the toothed wheel that the sensor reads on your hub for cracks while ya got it apart.
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:21 PM
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Default Re: ABS light: finding fault code, repairing?

Check the tone rings (the toothed wheel) for dirt and crap, the same thing with the sensor. Sometimes you can get away with just cleaning them and all is good again.
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:47 AM
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Thanks. My truck is a 99. I was told to go ahead and replace the whole hub bearing assembly with sensor. That sounds like a pretty good idea. The truck has over 140,000 miles on it and who knows if they've ever been replaced anyway.
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:01 AM
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My ABS light is coming on when I hit the highway speeds here, then stays on until I turn off the truck. Any Ideas ?
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:23 PM
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Might be due to same issues as mentioned above
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