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New ABS sensor, now ABS light.

I finally got around to changing out that bad ABS sensor that was causing my ABS to engage while slowing down on dry pavement.

The sensor i got was a freebie from a friend who had an 04 level 2 ranger.

Install went ok, but i noticed the cord from my ABS sensor had a blue rubber rubber ring around it and the new one from the 04 ranger had a white rubber ring. (Differences in the two??)

After it was installed and everything put back together, i started the truck up but noticed my ABS light was on (solid, not flashing).

The truck drives ok and braking is fine - the new sensor seems to have solved my problem.

Any suggestions as to why my ABS light would of come on? (brake fluid level is good)
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the sensor is probley bad mark.
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Why would the sensor be bad? The old sensor i removed was "bad" and it never yeilded any cluster light.
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try reseting your PCM by taking the negative cable off the battery or by a XCalibrator 2........
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heh, if i only had an XCalibrator 2, lol.

I guess i'll remove the negative cable for a while.. Argh, i better set aside a freakin hour to re-do my headunit settings.
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Argh, i better set aside a freakin hour to re-do my headunit settings.
that right there was a BIG convencing reason i got the X2....well besides the normale additions that it gives....

anyone around you that has an X2? they can read and clear your codes...
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Hmm, i dont think so..

Not anyone i know of anyway - too bad autozone couldnt do it..
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i have a ABS scaner.

i hate to be rodundent but if it wasnt on before then its something you did "ie" bad parts.

the ABS system does not need to be reset on fords, you simply drive it and the light will go off if the abs module does not see any problems.
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I have drove it 40 miles or so since the then and the light is still on. My ABS is NOT engaging anymore so if the sensor was bad wouldnt it still be engaging?
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no the abs module sees a problem and has shut down the system

fords are tricky, the sensor most of the time will "drop out" right at 5mph causing a faulse abs trigger without setting any codes or turning on any lights.

you need a "live data" scanner to properly diag the abs system on these trucks.

the light was not on before right? and its on now. the sensor you put in is either bad, the wrong one, or installed incorrectly.

mark i wont charge you anything to look at if if you drive down here.
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Couldn't the code be pulled if the ABS light is on?

I have a friend who works at the dealer, he could take a look at it after hours.

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no the abs module sees a problem and has shut down the system

fords are tricky, the sensor most of the time will "drop out" right at 5mph causing a faulse abs trigger without setting any codes or turning on any lights.

you need a "live data" scanner to properly diag the abs system on these trucks.

the light was not on before right? and its on now. the sensor you put in is either bad, the wrong one, or installed incorrectly.

mark i wont charge you anything to look at if if you drive down here.
Only thing i can think of is that its the wrong one, they changed it from 2001 to 2004. Or, somehow, it got damaged during shipping. I dont know how i would of installed it wrong, just removed the old one and carefully installed the new one just like the old one was installed.
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i'm using one off a 2000 explorer and one off a 2003 ranger. both are sending the proper signal to the abs module. the only problem i am having at the moment is my IP cluster needs to be re-flashed for the 4x4 module (steady abs light).

can your friend do this after hours?
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My friend works at the chrysler dealer in town, im sure he can hook up their module and take a look at it.
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wont work, it will need to be done at a ford dealer.

my scaner will look at it (i payed 1500 for it), but to reprogram or re-flash it will need ford computers
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an 04 sensor will not work in a 2001 or older maybe even 2002 or older hub.

we had similar problems with evan's truck, but we used my sensors in my hubs sense we noticed the sensors were different.

talk to evan he had some 01 sensors.
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It's a bad/wrong sensor that's all.
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Yeah my buddy hooked it up to his scanner today and it said it wasnt even getting a signal from that sensor.

So basically i can only use a sensor for a 2001 ranger?
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yea or change out your spindles.

you were at evan's lift meet surprised that you dont remember us talking about that.
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i just picked up a new bearing with sensor for my mother-in-laws 2000 explorer at glendale auto in livoina for 118 bucks
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yea or change out your spindles.

you were at evan's lift meet surprised that you dont remember us talking about that.
I wasnt there at that time.

Looks like im back to square 1 for the sensor. Although when i took my original one out that was "bad" i cleaned it up and it looked good. Maybe i'll try that one again since the corrosive material is off, see if it works before i go spend 100 bucks on a new sensor.
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most of the time rust builds up in the hole and clamps down on the sensor and ruins it.

make sure the hole is clean and free of any rust.
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Sounds good, if there is rust in there how would i go about getting in there and cleaning it?

Thanks for the info btw.
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well you can spray anti rust stuff on it or pour a can of coke on rust.
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well you can spray anti rust stuff on it or pour a can of coke on rust.
dont listen to any of this.

use a small file in the hole or a small piece of sandpaper, maybe even a pic tool to scrape the sides of the hole.
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i was thinking use some contact cleaner or electrical parts cleaner.
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