Hey there everyone. Wondering if someone can help me.... My van is making a horrible '*******' noise when the brakes are applied and my local ford dealership has recommended a new ABS sensor at a few hundred dollars. Well considering the van is not worth much more than that, I said no way. The other option, off the record the mechanic said, was to simply unplug the ABS. I'd still have brakes, but just not the ABS system. FINE with me.... so, anyone have any issues like this before? Could you please tell me where I can find these cables I need to unplug. Unfortunately, I do not have the manual.
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They may have damaged one of the ABS sensors in the front.
Take it back and have them check that their tech did not accidently unplug a sensor or damage it. What you think is grinding may be the abs coming on.
MOST OF THE TIME WHEN ABS LIGHT AND TRAC LIGHT TURNS ON.YOU COULD HAVE A BAD WHEEL SPEED SENSOR.BEST TO TAKE CAR TO DEALERSHIP LET THEM DO CODE SCAN ON ABS BRAKE SYSTEM TO SEE WHAT CAUSING THE ABS AND TRAC LIGHT TO TURN ON.
it could be simply your battery is to low, charge it up and try again, also if this does remedy your problem, be sure to clean the battery posts and connections, once you've done that make a check with a multimeter if you have one. with the car off, you should be seeing between 12 and 12.5 volts Dc on the battery, start the car and recheck it, you should see a reading of between 14 and 14.7 volts DC , this will let you know if the alternator and voltage regulator are charging the battery correctly. if so your in luck and easy way out, Note: if you live near a walmart, they will do a check of the battery as it charges for free, this check will look at each cell of the battery
It's around a 200-250 dollars per wheel to repair assuming it's wheel speed sensor. If it's the ABS Control Module it's big bucks. Dealer wants 55.00 just to read the code. If you can do it yourself than have the code read at an Autozone and buy the part online. I didn't want to deal with fixing it myself and throwing money into a 13 yr old van thats transmission can explode at any time (I'm on my 3rd). I just pulled the "L" 60A fuse from the engine compartment which disables the ABS. The brakes work fine without ABS. The light will still go on shortly after you start it but this disables the Mechanical ABS test that starts when you hit 4 MHP. The test makes all kinds of noise and messes with the brake pedal temporarily. Everytime I get down to the end of my street it went off, scared the **** out of my teen drivers. Now the only annoying thing is the light but I can live with that.
Prior to the brakes being replaced you more than likely had metal to metal contact which can throw metal shavings on the ABS wheel sensors. This metal shavings stick to the road grime on the wheel sensors showing the ABS computer a false reading making the ABS light come on. On Ford Windstars, the ABS light and the traction control light are on the same circuit. A simple (and cheap) fix is to pull the ABS wheel sensors and clean them with brake cleaner or throttle body cleaner. Make sure you dry them well and reinstall. On the Windstar there is one bold holding the sensors to the back of the wheels. I recommend you spray some WD40 on the bold and wait about 10 minutes before removing.
If this doesn't fix the ABS light and brakes, you can have the ABS system diagnosed at a shop for about an hour labor. (Usally about $100)
I have fixed many of these type of problems just by cleaning the ABS wheel sensors. Good luck.