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Old 03-30-2009, 20:02   #1 (permalink)
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confused 2006 Escape XLT

I bought a 2006 Ford Escape in February. Today the ABS light came on, along with the 4WD light (which is flashing).
What do I do? Please help! Thanks!
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does the car act differently??? If no problems try getting a scan tool to reset the lights. You can also try removing the battery and holding the brake pedal for a few seconds before reconecting it again and that might clear the light. The abs sensor might be going bad or its dirty or something. The 4wd light could be caused by that abs sensor going bad. Im not so sure though. I think the abs senses wheel spin and causes the 4wd to engage on these models. i hope you have extended warrenty still on your escape. If i remember 2006 models are covered for 5years 60000 miles power train warranty and i think your 4wd is part of that since its the drivetrain also. Bring it in and have it checked out if you still have coverage.
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does the car act differently??? If no problems try getting a scan tool to reset the lights. You can also try removing the battery and holding the brake pedal for a few seconds before reconecting it again and that might clear the light. The abs sensor might be going bad or its dirty or something. The 4wd light could be caused by that abs sensor going bad. Im not so sure though. I think the abs senses wheel spin and causes the 4wd to engage on these models. i hope you have extended warrenty still on your escape. If i remember 2006 models are covered for 5years 60000 miles power train warranty and i think your 4wd is part of that since its the drivetrain also. Bring it in and have it checked out if you still have coverage.
thanks. I currently have the Penn Warranty? Is that any good?
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I'd phone Penn anyway and inquire about any possible coverage. ABS sensors aren't inexpensive. Most run around $100 plus installation. The trouble is that (not Escape specific here) some ABS sensors are connected directly to the wheel bearing/hub assembly and in some rare cases the whole unit has to be swapped out (gotta love new technology).

As jtugfestiva mentioned, a bad ABS sensor can initiate a 4WD service light as the central computer module controls how the AWD functions and if a few things (such as bad ABS sensor) interfere, it'll change how the 4wd system operates letting the PCM to believe that there is more than one problem when in fact, it's just one problem affecting another system.
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