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Old 01-16-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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ABS Question...basic

I'm the new owner of a 2004 SE wagon (50k miles). Primarily my wife's car, and our first Ford product (after 35 years of car ownership). So far we love it, especially the 30 mpg it produced on the first tank of fuel we checked. My question pertains to ABS brakes...and whether or not we have them. As has been documented, the VIN number does not reveal whether or not the car has ABS. The previous owner of our car told us the car had ABS, but he was not a technical sort. The other day when I was on an open area of road, I got up to about 45 mph and braked hard. The car would not skid, and the brakes would not "lock." And I'm sure I could feel the "pulsing" at the pedal. But here's why I bring up the question: the owner's manual says that when the car is started, the ABS light on the dash should come on momentarily, then go off. This doesn't happen. Where is the ABS module located on the car? I'd feel better if I could at least see it! For the next 10,000 mile or so, our car is covered by a zero deductible plan (transferred from previous owner) that would pay to fix any ABS issue, so if there's something wrong, I'd like to get it taken care of...even if it's as fundamental as the light not coming on. This forum has already been a great help to me...just lurking and reading.

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Old 01-16-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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The easiest way I feel is to look at wheel hub. Each wheel hub should have a sensor in the back. If you find an electrical wire going to something in the wheel hub, that will be an ABS sensor.
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Old 01-16-2007, 12:25 PM   #3
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That's a sensible answer. I was hunting around in the engine compartment trying to spot something obvious...and couldn't find it. I'm planning to pull the wheels off this week to install some mudguards. Our car is white, and it gets pretty scroungy-looking low on the fenders.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:23 AM   #4
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Thank you, you have answered my question also. My Focus deisel requires a new front wheel bearing and the parts shop needed to know whether it was ABS or not. There is no wires coming from anywhere on the hub assembly. Therefore I assume 'no ABS' Thanks again.
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