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Old 04-10-2004, 07:44 PM   #1
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I am looking at a huge repair bill for my ABS system and since i am a poor student financially, i can't handle it right now. is there a safe way to disconnect the ABS so i still have regular brakes and is this okay to do this???
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I'm not for sure about a way to disconnect the ABS, but I have had a lot of people tell me that it would not be a good idea to.
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Pop the hood, look between the pass side of the engine and the fenderwell. There is a harness (2 or 3 wire) there, it is for a wheel sensor. Unplug it. Or just pull the fuse

If you are confident with normal brakes (like any driver should be, IMO) go for it. I've never fixed mine for that reason. I'm also still in school.
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If your ABS is not working, don't do anything. Normal brakes will be fine, and no need to disconnect anything. Use the cluster removal procedure in Techinfo if you want to pull the warning light bulb.
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Is your ABS dead or dying? Mine died slowly and created a few dangerous situations when it did not allow me to brake. I have the wheel speed sensor that was going bad unplugged. That completely disables the ABS so it does not interfere anymore.
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I also had one wheel sensor that went bad, well it was the axle shaft that had the ring on it that was cracked. So every time I would stop the abs kicked on.

If it is acting funny where it comes on sometimes then not other times or anything that you think will interfere with stopping properly, just pull the fuse for it and it will disable it.

I had my abs go on my truck, but it was only rear wheel ABS so I was lucky enough to find the ABS computer and unplugged it. It was useless in the first place only havening rear wheel ABS ( another FORD engineering feat, LOL)
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pull fuse is the easyiest thing
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What is wrong with the ABS? Have you had it diagnosed yet?
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I had it checked and the codes that came up were:

26 LF erattic
25 LF sensor or circut
37 LR wheel speed
31 RR wheel speed sensor or circut
61 Pump motor test problem

just to diagnose the problem is looking at around $230 so i think i'm leaning toward just disconnecting them.
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Sounds like a lot of bad speed sensors... Each one of those that is bad will run about $120... You may have PMV problems, too. Let us know if you want to work on it.
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