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2001 ford taurus ABS will not light but brake light on

When I turn the key on the ABS light does not come on with all the other dash lights, and when the car is started the brake light remains on. Any idea what might be wrong with the ABS system?

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You have a bad ABS module. Had the same problem with my 2000 Taurus. The ABS module is a Bosch 5.3 You can have yours rebuilt for $170 or go to a junk yard and pull one from a 2000-2003 Taurus. Make sure its a traction control module if you have it on your car!

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First I would fix your ABS light problem and that might take care of your other problem. You will have to remove the instrument cluster and check to see if the bulb is burned out first if it is replace it and see if the ABS light proves out after you replaced it. If the bulb is ok the whhile you have the instrument cluster out. There are 2 connectors that have 16 pins in them pin #1 of both of those connectors operates your ABS light. Pin # 1 with the all black wire is your ground wire and pin #1 of the other connector is a dark green wire that is your positive side of the bulb from your ABS module. So when you turn your key on back probe the dark green wire very carefully not to damage the connector or the wiring to see if it sends a momentary 12 volt signal to that dark green wire when you turn the key on it would probably be better to use a test light that way it wil simulate the resistance of the bulb in the dash if it does then that circuit is ok now you will have to check the black wire on the other connector to make sure that the ground is good so take your test light and hook the clamp of your test light to a known good 12 source preferably the positive side of the battery thenback probe pin #1 with the black wire in it and make sure that when you back probe the wire that the test light stays on the whole time even when you turn on the key for the test. If the test light goes out when you turn the key on then you probably have a bad ground if you put a temporary ground from the battery to the black wire and the light comes on when you cycle the key then you know that is your problem if it doesn't go out then your instrument cluster has probably failed but just make sure that you have 12 volts from pin #1 when you cycle the off to on if not then you will have to trace it back to a wiring problem from the ABS module or something wrong with the module itself. Let me know how you make out. Good luck.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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