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Old 01-01-2006, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
Craig
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ABS light on - '96

Hi folks,

My purchased-new '96 Explorer with 119k miles currently has its ABS
warning light on. As always, it lights when starting the engine but now
stays on solidly. I have yet to take it out on a gravel road to check out
the ABS's function. The ABS has never had issues in the past ten years.

Before I go out in the cold--yes, it can be cold in Arizona--and look
(where?) for a loose connection or something, can someone tell me what I can
and should do on my own under the car, under the hood, behind the wheel or
under the dashboard to check out any obvious problem to avoid a service
call?

If I'm unable to find a quick fix, what are the likely sources of the
error and cost at the dealer's shop to fix?

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Craig in Flagstaff


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Old 01-01-2006, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
Jim Warman
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Re: ABS light on - '96

No sense in checking the ABS function.... if the light is on, it ain't gonna
work.... period.

The most likely cause is the VSS (either sensor or wiring) at the rear
output of transmission or transfer case..... notice the use of "most
likely". Smart money is on having the ABS module scanned for codes since
this is the only way we have of knowing which way to look......

Picture this.... someone spends time, effort and money shotgunning
parts...... finally, when the money is gone and frustration is high and
patience is worn thin, it is taken to a shop (chosen because they're good,
not because they're cheap)..... they either fix it for little cost because
we didn't follow a logical diagnostic prrocess or... sadly, it requires a
spendy part that is no longer affordable because of all the new, unecessary
parts living beneath our sheet metal.

I think that doing something like this yourself should be a pleasant,
rewarding experience rather than having any labour savings eaten up in
needless trial and error.


"Craig" <wpyr@REMOVEMEworldnet.att.net> wrote in message
news:f1Xtf.214424$qk4.108369@bgtnsc05-news.ops.worldnet.att.net...
> Hi folks,
>
> My purchased-new '96 Explorer with 119k miles currently has its ABS
> warning light on. As always, it lights when starting the engine but now
> stays on solidly. I have yet to take it out on a gravel road to check out
> the ABS's function. The ABS has never had issues in the past ten years.
>
> Before I go out in the cold--yes, it can be cold in Arizona--and look
> (where?) for a loose connection or something, can someone tell me what I
> can and should do on my own under the car, under the hood, behind the
> wheel or under the dashboard to check out any obvious problem to avoid a
> service call?
>
> If I'm unable to find a quick fix, what are the likely sources of the
> error and cost at the dealer's shop to fix?
>
> --
> ---
>
> Craig in Flagstaff
>



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