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2006 ford escape 37,000 miles. My abs light stays on and the 4wd light flashes. I,m taking a trip next week. Is this something I can put off until I get back?

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You likely have a cracked ABS tone ring. I had no idea what that meant when I was researching my girlfriends vehicle (2006 Escape hybrid) but sure enough that it what it was. She was getting the Service 4X4, Service Braking System, and the ABS light was on in the car. The tone ring is a gear that fits on the end of your CV shaft and can be found right behind your tire (if you search this problem on google you should find some pictures). You can see this without removing anything from the vehicle. There is a sensor that counts the gears of this ring as it goes by to determine your speed and whatnot. This information is used by the braking system and if the ring is cracked it will spin freely and the computer will not know what is going on and throw an error (or two or three). You can fix this two ways: replace CV shaft (about a $70 part) or replace the ring itself (a $12 - $15 part). Labor is what is going to get you on this. You can disconnect fuse #34 (5 amp fuse) to disable the ABS, but on my girlfriend's car this also disabled the power steering.

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  • dramatic_paw Jun 14, 2010

    Just wanted to clarify: the CV shaft includes the tone ring.

  • Lynda Apr 25, 2014

    How do you know which fuse is #34?

  • Lynda Apr 25, 2014

    how are the fuses numbered

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NO, the ABS light staying on means your brakes are not work properly, the flashing 4WD light along with your ABS light suggest you may have axle problems. You might get away with taking your trip, but you could find yourself going down the road and losing a wheel or with a locked up front wheel.
I don't mean to scare you but I felt you needed to know how dangerous this could be.

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I am sure you have gone and returned from your trip. If any of the solutions you got made the light go off and stay off and you're still following this [which I doubt], please post the solution.I think the guy with the girlfriend was right on and not the other naysayers. Yes it could be a serious problem but 95% if it comes on and blinks a few times [usually 8 to be exact every .8 miles], it is a problem with the CV tone ring. Changing it only treats a symptom of this "other wolrdness" problem with the Escape. Ford will tell you nothing except what you want to hear and their dealers know little more about this phenomenon.Really be interested if you got it fixed love to get rid of my light that has been doing its' 8 blink every .8 miles for about 5 years know....oh, and brakes are fine.

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I would not take the chance without getting this system checked out first as it could cost you dearly or if you are a gambling man it may cost you nothing, but odds are slanted more to the problematic area of taking the trip without having it checked.
The ABS light on could be only be a minor problem however having the 4x4 light on may elude to a whole new problem of the brakes being locked up tight on the wheel at fault.
I don't recommend taking the chance.

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