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The speedometer does not work, brake light is on, 4 wheel drive light blinks and ABS light is on. I replaced wheel bearings and all four speed sensors. any suggestions?

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    Jeremy W. Oct 15, 2010

    have it scanned to find out what codes are causing the lights to come on. Once you know the codes you can concentrate on one specific thing rather than guess at all four wheels and still get no where.

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Had a similar problem used real scanner Snap-on Solus went into the common problems for I believe 4WD control module had to pull a fuse under the hood reinstall it so far so good it was on a 2003 Chevy 2500HD

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Speedometer,odometer and gas indicator doesent work...

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Dont be a parts replacer till u know the cure--scan vehicle soon-may hav a cluster gauge issue which means it needs overhaulin

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If the speedometer doesn't work, I usually look for a VSS or vehicle speed sensor, but on the Ford Escape, the Wheel Speed Sensors detect speed.

The ABS light may be on if there isn't a signal going from the speed sensors to the ABS module, or the module is bad, itself.

I don't know about the 4 wheel drive light blinking, but it could signal trouble in that system, as well, as far as the electronic control of 4 wheel drive or the Transmission Range selector Also, does the transfer case have enough fluid in it?

Transfer Case NOTE: Repair of the transfer case is limited to seals, gaskets and output flange on automatic transaxle vehicles only. In vehicles equipped with a manual transmission, or if any of the geared components, tapered roller bearings, case cover or internal shafts fail, a new transfer case must be installed.
NOTE: The transfer case is sealed from the transaxle and has its own oil pump. The transfer case uses SAE 75W-140 synthetic gear lubricant and holds 12 ounces. The transfer case fill plug is located on the housing cover.
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The speedometer problem could also be a bad speedometer gauge, but that is rare, these days and is not indicated by the ABS light being on that says that maybe a signal has been lost to the wheel speed sensors themselves.

I hope this helps to understand what may be going wrong, even though you did the right thing by changing the wheel speed sensors.

Oh, by the way, I would scan the OBD-II computer with an ABS Brakescan tool to see if any particular wheel is still not reading or sending speed data to the ABS module.

May I suggest the Actron Brakescan tool which covers most domestic vehicles from 1996 to 2005?

Good luck on this repair.


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