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Old 12-03-2007
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ABS light comes on wile in 4X4

we got like 4" of snow and i was playing around and i went up a good size hill. i dont want to slide down cause there was a layer of ice under the snow and it was plowed off to a little bit of surface snow.

so i put it inot 4x4 hi and when i went to pull out my 4x4 was still slipping like crazy on the ice and when i looked at the dash when i got up the hill and driveing again the ABS light was on.

i shut off the truck and turned it back on and it was fine again?

what would make that happen and i did not have ABS while the light was on and i was stopping a lot better with it off lol.
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Old 12-03-2007
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sounds like a bad ABS sensor in one of the front wheels...
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sometimes ABS will error out on ice. If its no longer on you should be fine. the abs sensors will also act up on you if it gets packed with snow.
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Old 12-03-2007
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Originally Posted by MonsterGuy
i did not have ABS while the light was on and i was stopping a lot better with it off lol.
That explains why I do my first mod to all my Ranger's.......ABS disable mod
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That happend to my explorer awd many times, I thought it had something to do with the traction control but I never looked into it. Someone at a dealership told me that it indicates that tires are slipping.
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mine will occasionally do this also, 03 edge 4x4. i have a 50/50 warranty for 1 month and if it could be a problem I would want to get it fixed. I dont want to disable ABS
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Old 03-01-2008
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Mine would come on simply by driving down wash boarded roads and applying the brakes. The system sees one or more wheels slowing or locking and activates the ABS. It will also illuminate the ABS light. Cycling the ignition will reset the system. The ABS Mod temporarily deactivates the ABS system so you have standard brakes...Might come in handy if you sliding off the side of a mountain dirt/gravel road and cant stop because the ABS is on and keeping you from locking the wheels...
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the wheel speed on one of the wheels was more then the other three for more then 3-5 seconds thus turning on the abs light. if the light is off now then all is good
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Old 03-01-2008
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Mine comes on also when muddin.
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yeah mine does too hate that light i done the abs mod no more problems when im in the woods now
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