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My abs light stays on and my airbag light also stays on, I took it to the local ford dealership and they found nothing wrong. Is there a reset switch to rest it

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Nothing found? That can't be right.you can buy a OBDII tester for under $20. With that you can read and reset the codes. The dealer can also do this for you. if there is a code and it reoccurs then there is a problem somewhere. I would then take it to a different dealer. Autozone also would do a OBDII test for you and reset the codes. if after 3 times the dealer tells you "nothing found", you need to look at a lemon law and keep documentation of "Nothing found". This could be a serious safety issue.
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Testimonial: "Thank you for the information, I spoke to a mechanic at another ford dealership and he said that there's a sensor on the rear wheel that could be bad "

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