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Ford Explorer ABS Light On

Q. Vincent, I have the following:

  • 2002 Ford Explorer
  • 4.0 liter V-6 Fuel Injection
  • Auto transmission
  • ABS brakes
  • 60,000 miles
  • P/S, A/C, Cruise control
Ford Explorer ABS Light On

The other day when I was driving normally down the interstate highway the yellow ABS light came on and didn’t go off. Today, I was putting on the brakes and they "shuddered" slightly like they do when the ABS brakes are actually working, the light went off. When I started the car again the next time I drove it, though, the ABS light came back on.

I do a lot of light to medium maintenance on my cars and would like to fix this myself instead of being at the mercy of some Ford dealer. Please advise as the what you suggest I do regarding the sensors or whatever. Many thanks in advance for your help!!!

Lawrenceville, Georgia

A. If the ABS light is on, then there is a present malfunction and a Diagnostic Trouble Code has been stored. You will need a scan tool to access the code and see what it is. There are a number of things that will turn the light on and with a lack of symptoms it would be difficult for me to hazard a guess as to what the problem may be.

I would check the wheel sensors at the wheels to make sure they are clean and undamaged and that the harness and connectors are clean and tight.

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