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How do i replace a left front speed sensor on olds

Abs light on/ trac off light on/ service traction system light on briefly. Was told that left front speed sensor is out needs to be replaced. How do I replace it myself.

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Have you worked on your own vehicles,? The speed sensor is a 1 bolt 10 min job. The real question is that the problem? Who told you ,a professional who actually tested it. Why not have them finish the task and replace it

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FOR ONE THE PART IN QUESTION IS NOT A SPEED SENSOR IT'S A BREAK SENSOR AND THEY ARE A PAIN TO REPLACE WITH OUT THE RIGHT TOOLS

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