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Old 08-31-2011, 01:45 AM   #1
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What could cause the ABS light to illuminate in my '99 Ranger (4.0 V6/manual tranny/4WD/extended cab) besides low brake fluid?

Came on all the sudden the other day. . .brakes seem fine, no pulsating, no lack of brake feel or power, no pulling, etc.

Hooked the code reader up and no codes either. . .

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Old 08-31-2011, 03:18 AM   #2
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Bad speed sensor probably. Doubt you'll get ABS codes with a generic code reader.

ABS light on means ABS = disabled, otherwise your brakes will work fine.
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ABS codes are readable by blink. The light will blink X times, short rest, then blink x times. Put the number of blinks together and that is the code number. A 2 blink, rest then 6 blink (code 26) means a light is burned out. See if that helps.

To answer our question, about 500 different things could illuminate the light.
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The light doesn't blink. . .it stays on solid. . .it stays on about half the time when I start the truck right now.
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I thought the blinking method was only for OBDI vehicles. Are you referring to how many times the ABS blinks when you put the ignition "key on?"

But +1 on the sensor. If you brake quickly from 30mph on a closed street, does the ABS even work?
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Haven't tried that yet. . .I braked quickly today from 65 MPH, without any problems. . .
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I have the same problem on my '00 that started maybe a week ago. I have cleaned the plugs for the front ABS sensors on the hubs and it didn't make a difference. Where are all the sensors and is there a way to test them or do I have to start just replacing them till the light goes off?
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Joe, try using the search and see what other people did regarding the sensors.

It could also be a short somewhere.
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Thanks. . .stomped on the brakes on the side street today and it seems no ABS. . .
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^^^ there won't be while the light is illuminated.
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