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1998 Honda Passport 4wd won't engage, ABS light on.

My front left ABS sensor cable fell down onto my outside axle boot and shredded both the cable and the boot. Now my ABS light is on and my 4WD won't engage (the light just flashes). Is this a safety override sort of thing - no ABS = no 4WD? Or do I have two separate problems that occurred simultaneously?

I already know I'm going to have to install a new axle, should I look at other components of the 4WD system at the same time?

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    Eponymous Jan 19, 2009

    The 98 Passport has a "shift on the fly" 4WD system. It can only be manually engaged by a button on the dash. Axle lock-in occurs via a vacuum shift motor mounted on the front differential.

    Does that still work the same as AWD when it comes to the ABS?


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The ABS and the AWD are interconnected, if the sensor cable is damaged then there is no signal for the AWD sytem to operate from.
Also the ABS,,it wont work properly either,,,the repair is not costly, get it fixed.

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  • Alex M
    Alex M Jan 30, 2009

    "Does that still work the same as AWD when it comes to the ABS?"

    sort of, depends on whether your car has traction control or not.
    But the sensor wire is an easy fix, compared to the loss of abs control.


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