Hello all. New here, and would appreciate any help I can get regarding the ABS on a newly acquired 99 Taurus wagon with ABS.
Went through a long, ultimately unsuccessful process of trying to swap only the computer side module (ABS computer). (For full story... see my thread on the Taurus Car Club forum a few weeks ago - 99 Abs Module Replacement - Taurus Car Club of America
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Through that process I succeeded only in going from having a completely unresponsive ABS - no light at all & no ABS function - to having a solid constant ABS light & no ABS function. Part of it may have been due to what I had to do to get the junkyard one apart- the 'through bolt' was corroded solid into the computer. And when you split the 'computer' side from the 'pump side', you find that you are actually pretty well into the guts of the electrical side - it isn't self-contained at all. The junkyard one did self test OK until I took it apart.
I have a notion to try swapping a complete working ABS pump and module - i.e. without splitting the unit as I did before.
I.e. break the system open at the brake lines, swap in the new module, bleed the system.
For this specific vehicle, how practical is it to properly bleed the system after breaking it apart at the ABS? Will the vehicle need an 'ABS service bleed', and does this have to be done at a Ford dealer?
I appreciate any and all input on the wisdom of attempting such a thing. I really want to get this to be successful, because we picked this car for the ABS. Having the whole job done professionally at the dealer is going to be cost-prohibitive, I am almost sure ($1200 for the part I saw somewhere). It is mostly home repair, or drive as is. (It stops fine- just no ABS.) (I don't mind taking it in to get the specialized bleed procedure if necessary.)
Thanks for any help!