How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Dodge car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with sensors on each wheel that continuously monitor that wheel's speed. The ABS wheel sensor transmits this information to the ABS controller, which determines the amount of braking force to apply to that wheel during an emergency stop. The most common reason for replacing the ABS wheel sensor is metallic debris such as brake dust clogging the sensor.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Dodge Ram

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Dodge Ram will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Ram. ABS has been standard equipment on the rear wheels or all wheels for four-wheel drive Ram trucks since 1989.

Raise and support the vehicle. Remove the mounting bolt for the wheel speed sensor from the steering knuckle with a socket wrench.

Unplug the electrical connector for the wheel speed sensor and note the routing for the sensor's electrical cable. Release the retaining clips on the cable and detach the wheel speed sensor.

Install the new wheel speed sensor and route the sensor's electrical cable as previously noted before attaching the retaining clips. Plug in the electrical connector for the wheel speed sensor. Use the original sensor mounting bolt or an exact replacement because this bolt cannot be substituted. Fasten the mounting bolt for the sensor to the steering knuckle and use a torque wrench to tighten it to 17 ft. lbs.

Lower the vehicle and test the ABS for proper operation.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Dodge Durango

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Dodge Durango will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Durango. All versions of the Durango have an ABS.

Raise the vehicle and disconnect the wheel speed sensor wiring harness.

Remove the wheel speed sensor from vehicles without traction control. Disconnect the brake line mounting nut with a socket wrench so you can remove the brake line from the wheel speed sensor mounting stud. Detach the mounting stud from the sensor and shield. Separate the wheel speed sensor and shield from the differential housing.

Disconnect the wheel speed sensor from vehicles with traction control. Remove the mounting stud from the wheel speed sensor with a socket wrench. Remove the sensor from the brake caliper adapter.

Install the new wheel speed sensor by reversing the removal procedure. Inspect the O-ring on the sensor and replace it if worn. Tighten the wheel speed sensor mounting stud to 200 in. lbs. with a torque wrench. Ensure the seal between the sensor and the wiring connector is securely in place.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench set

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Jeep Grand Cherokee will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Grand Cherokee. All versions of the Grand Cherokee are equipped with ABS.

Raise and support the vehicle.

Remove the tire and wheel assembly if you are replacing a front wheel sensor. Disconnect the mounting bolts for the brake calipers with a socket wrench and support the caliper assembly so that it does not hang by the brake hose. Remove the disc brake rotor with a socket wrench.

Unfasten the front wheel speed sensor mounting nut and release the routing clips for the front wheel sensor's electrical cable. Unplug the connector for the front wheel speed sensor and remove the sensor from the wheel hub.

Remove the mounting bolt for the rear wheel speed sensor from the rear support plate with a socket wrench. Remove the sensor from the support plate and disconnect the wheel speed sensor electrical connector.

Install the new wheel speed sensor by reversing the removal steps. Use a torque wrench to tighten the wheel speed sensor mounting nut to between 106 and 124 in. lbs. Torque the brake caliper mounting bolts to between 66 and 85 ft. lbs.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench set

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Cadillac Escalade

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Cadillac Escalade will need. Make sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Escalade. All versions of the Escalade have been equipped with ABS since its debut in 1999.

Remove the tire and wheel with a socket wrench. Disconnect the brake caliper and take the wheel hub and rotor off the axle.

Unplug the electrical connector for the wheel speed sensor and detach the mounting clips for the sensor cable from the frame. You will also need to remove a clip on the control arm if you have an all-wheel drive vehicle.

Unfasten the wheel speed sensor mounting bolts and two 11mm splash shield mounting bolts with a socket wrench. Remove the wheel speed sensor and splash shield from the vehicle as an assembly. Detach the splash shield gasket and clean it thoroughly with a dry cloth.

Install the new ABS wheel sensor by reversing the removal procedure. Use a torque wrench to tighten the splash shield mounting bolts to 12 foot pounds. Torque the speed sensor mounting bolts to 19 foot pounds if your vehicle has two-wheel drive and 13 foot pounds for all-wheel drive vehicles.

Items you will need

  • Dry cloth

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench set

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Honda CR-V

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Honda CR-V will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of CR-V. ABS was first featured on the EX trim level of the 1997 model and was standard on all versions of the CR-V by 2005.

Raise the vehicle and remove the harness connector for the wheel speed sensor. Make a note of the routing for the wiring harness and remove any clips, grommets and retainers needed to free the cable beginning from the connector end.

Disconnect the mounting bolts for the wheel speed sensor with a socket wrench and remove the sensor. If it's stuck in place, you may need to use a hammer and small punch to loosen it by gently tapping the side of the mounting flange. Don't hit the sensor directly.

Install the new wheel speed sensor and fasten the mounting bolts loosely. Position the wiring harness into its original position as noted earlier and avoid twisting or crimping it. Tighten the sensor mounting bolts to 7.2 ft. lbs. with a torque wrench.

Complete the installation by reversing the remaining removal steps.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Hammer and small punch

  • Socket wrench

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Hyundai Sonata

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Hyundai Sonata will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Sonata. ABS became standard on all versions of the Sonata in 2006.

Turn the ignition off and remove the mounting bolt for the wheel speed sensor with a socket wrench. Detach the mud ground and front wheel guard with a socket wrench if you are replacing a front wheel speed sensor. Take out the rear seat side pad if you are replacing a rear wheel speed sensor.

Disconnect the sensor's electrical connector and remove the sensor from the vehicle.

Install the new wheel sensor and connect its electrical connector. Replace the front wheel guard and mud ground with a socket wrench for front wheel speed sensors. Replace the rear seat side pad for rear wheel speed sensors. Fasten the mounting bolt for the wheel speed sensor with a socket wrench.

Turn the ignition on and clear any faults until the ABS light goes out. Road test the vehicle to ensure proper operation of the ABS.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench set

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Ford Taurus

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Ford Taurus will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Taurus. All versions of the Taurus have been equipped with ABS since its debut in 1999.

Unhook the negative battery cable with a socket wrench and raise the vehicle.

Unplug the electrical connection from the front wheel speed sensor located in the engine compartment. Remove the plastic studs for the splash shield on the front fender.

Detach the grommets for the wheel speed sensor cable at the rail bracket and retainer on the strut housing. Remove the wheel speed sensor retaining bolt with a socket wrench and separate the sensor from the steering knuckle.

Disconnect the wheel speed sensor on rear wheels from the electrical cable in the center of the cross member. Release the retaining clips from the suspension arm and cross member.

Remove the wheel speed sensor retaining bolt with a socket wrench. This bolt attaches to the brake adapter on station wagons and the brake spindle on sedans. Separate the wheel speed sensor assembly from the vehicle.

Install the new wheel speed sensor by reversing the removal procedure. Apply thread-locking compound to the retaining bolt and use a torque wrench tighten it to between 90 and 120 for front wheel sensors. Torque the mounting bolts for rear wheel speed sensors to between 62 and 98 in. lbs.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench set

  • Thread-locking compound

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Chrysler Sebring

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Chrysler Sebring will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Sebring. All versions of the Sebring have ABS wheel sensors.

Remove the rear seat back and cushion so you can peel back the main silencer pad along the side. This will expose the wheel speed sensor harness connector.

Pull the foam sleeve covering the harness connector from behind the wheel house silencer. Push the foam sleeve off the connector so you can unplug it from the vehicle wiring harness.

Raise the vehicle. Remove the grommet from the sealing grommet retainer for the speed sensor harness from the rear frame rail of the vehicle. Remove the speed sensor clips from the rear upper control arm. Disconnect the mounting bolt with a socket wrench and remove the wheel speed sensor from the vehicle.

Install the new wheel speed sensor by reversing the removal procedure. Use a torque wrench to tighten the mounting bolt to 75 in. lbs.

Road test the vehicle to ensure proper operation of the ABS system.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel sensor

  • Socket wrench set

  • Torque wrench

 How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Ford Mustang

Determine which ABS wheel sensor your Ford Mustang will need. You'll want to be sure the new wheel sensor is compatible with your make and model of Mustang. ABS was first featured on the fourth generation models that were introduced in 1994.

Drive the vehicle onto a hoist and place it in neutral. Raise the vehicle and disconnect the electrical connector for the wheel speed sensor.

Disconnect the three pin-type retainers for the wheel speed sensor electrical harness. Remove both grommet retainers for the wheel speed sensor from the brake hose clips.

Remove the mounting bolt for the wheel speed sensor with a socket wrench. Detach the wheel speed sensor and its electrical harness from the vehicle as an assembly.

Install the new wheel speed sensor. Tighten the mounting bolt for the wheel speed sensor bolt to 11 ft. lbs with a torque wrench.

Attach the grommet retainers for the wheel speed sensor to the brake hose clips. Connect the three pin-type retainers for the wheel speed sensor electrical harness. Plug in the electrical connector for the wheel speed sensor and lower the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • New ABS wheel speed sensor

  • Socket wrench set

  • Torque wrench

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