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Old 12-04-2012, 09:52 AM
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Hi all, I have a 2002 4X4 F350 Dually. a few months ago I had to replace the 4 ball joints on the front hubs ie 2 per side upper and lower. I didnt do the work I put the truck into a garage for the work to be done, I just didnt have the time to do the work myself. ( first mistake) When I got the truck back the ABS light was staying on, I guess due to the fact that the front hubs were removed off the truck. I have inspected the ABS wireing and see no damage. Is the fact the light is staying on due to the fact that the ABS sensor parted company so to speak on hub removal, and if so how do I turn the ABS light off. I have gone to various garages and noone seems to have the right scanners to reset the light, obviously due to the fact I live in the UK.
Is it possable to turn the light off by removing the batteries like a hard re boot? any help with this issue would be a great help as info this side of the pond is scarce and none existant. Also if a Scanner is needed for the job which one would you guys reccomend.
Many thanks.
Steve
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:13 PM
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I'd try replacing the sensors. You should be able to find them at an autoparts store
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:43 PM
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before replacing anything you need to get a scan and check for codes. auto enginuity is your best bet for a scanner short of going to a ford dealer.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:09 AM
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Don't just "throw parts" at it...

Unplug the front sensors (behind the "mudflap") and carefully Ohm the two pins that go to the hub. A good sensor (they are just a coil of wire wound around an iron core) will have, in the neighborhood, of 700 Ohms. Bad sensors will usually show either Open, or a much higher resistance (like 1200).
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:30 PM
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Make sure the plugs are pushed in all the way. When I put my new bearing assemblies in I had the same problem. After a lot of head ache I realized that one of the plugs wouldnt go all the way in because the o-ring from the old plug was stuck up in the female end. Dug that out with a pick and then the new one seated properly.
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First off id take it back to the shop that did the work. If it wasnt on when you took it there it damn sure shouldnt be on when you picked it up.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:00 AM
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^^^^^ what he said^^^^^
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:21 PM
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Thanks for all the input from everyone, First off I have bought a scanner that will read all the codes including ABS codes. Hopefully that will at least narrow it down to which front wheel is showing the fault. In the mean time I have had a side issue off a very bad cold start, which has been narrowed down to a faulty glow plug relay, thats all ok now. But slowed down the progress with the ABS issue.

As regards taking the truck back to the shop that did the work, dosent really work here, there is a sort of un-written rule here about imported vehicles, they wont take any responsability for the code faults, thats just how it is here. Not good agreed but, it is that way. Diesel in smaller vehicles is seen as the fuel of satan...lol

Thanks again guys for all the input, will keep you posted, hopefully this week end I can get on the case and narrow down the options.
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