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Ron, ASE Certified Technician
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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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I got a 2005 ford ranger. the abs warning light comes on for

Customer Question

I got a 2005 ford ranger. the abs warning light comes on for a while then it will stay off for a while. whats up with it ?
JA: Is it just the ABS light? Or is the brake system warning light on, too?
Customer: Just the ABS light.
JA: Are you fixing your Ranger yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I Pulled the battery cable off to reset thing I hoped. Did nothing to help.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No that's it.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.


Does the ABS ever activate while you are slowing down (shudder and pulse the brakes)?

Have you ever had the vehicle scanned for trouble codes in the ABS system?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Both questions no.
Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

If the abs isn't false activating then the most likely cause of the light would be defective wheel speed sensors or worn tone rings (the metal part of the hub that the wheel speed sensor picks up the signal from). It's nearly impossible to tell for sure what it could be without having the truck scanned for codes though. The ABS light could come on for hundreds of reasons.

Do you have a multi-meter? If so you could run a crude test on each wheel speed sensor that would tell you whether the sensors are working.

Expert:  Jared D replied 11 months ago.

Please let me know if you would still like help with this problem.