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Abs light on intermitently followd by 4x4 light flashing. it then goes away for a while. also my dash lights, radio heater and instrumrnt cluster guages all go to zero for abot a few seconds and then everything returns to normal.

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  • mikesnap Nov 16, 2008

    I have a 2005 escape with the intermittent flashing of the 4x4 light which flashes eight times and goes out while the abs lite stays lit. No problems with other lights. Anybody have a clue what is wrong??

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Gauges zero and return.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    The odometer will suddenly beep and change to all zeros for a few seconds, then return to mileage. Would that be a computer problem or electrical?

  • CementShoes Mar 31, 2014

    With the Ford Escape, it's more likely one of the tone rIngs that has cracked/broken. Tone rings are sprocketed rings that surround the shaft. The sprickets are "read" by the speed sensors. When the sprocket rusts/expands, these rings can crack, so the car can't determine the speed for that wheel and shuts down 4x4 and ABS. These rings are replacable and only cost about $10. Have that checked first!

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OK I THINK I KNOW THE PROBLEM!!
GO TO THE DEALER OR A GOOD MECHANIC AND LET THEM LOKK AT THE DRIVE SHAFT THAT GOES FROM THE WHEEL TO THE TRANSMISSION. THIS IS MORE THAN LIKELY BROKE OR CRACKED!!!! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT MEIN DID AND I TOOK IT TO FORD AND THE LEFT FRONT DRIVE SCHAFT WAS BROKE ACTUALLY IT IS JUST A RETAINING CLIP THATS BROKE BUT YOU HAVE TO REPLACE THE WHOLE DRIVE SCHAFT TO FIX IT.

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I read at another site that this could be due to the rear abs sensor going bad. the guy had a lot of automotive industry experience.

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