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ABS Pump problems

So, The ABS light would come on every once in a while but would go off when I took it in for service. Finally one day the ABS pump seemed to stay on evey when the car was turned off and key was out. This ran down the battery and I had to jump it to get it to the dealer. They dealer told me they part was not made anymore and no ford deale had one. They said they would unplug the ABS pump and it will be ok to drive. So I drove it home and two days later it won't start. I thought it might be the ABS issue again but I dont think so. The battery is fine. I hear a click when I turn the key but that is it. The bad thing is after a while electrical smoke started coming up from the emergency brake handle area when I was turning the key to the start position. I know, I have no idea why this would happen. Do you? and info would be nice. Also, this there place I could find a new ABS pump for a 1997 Cobra?

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The problem you describe is that the wiring near the hand brake is acting as a ground wire for the starter system and is carrying excessive current

the ABS pump is the same as in a mazda of the same year but ford would not tell you that
take it to an auto electrician for a proper diagnosis
There are plenty of serviceable ABS unts at the wreckers /junk yard and if checked out by an accredited brake specialist shop will do the job

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Sounds like the Fuel Pump, which is located in the Gas Tank, ahead of the rear wheels, basically under the rear door. The gas tank itself is not hard to remove, and you could get a kit available online. It's probably easier to do if you have ramps and back the rear wheels onto those two ramps, you can't do it as easily by just jacking up the car. If you have two hydraulic jacks, that might work as well.

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