How to Replace an ABS Wheel Sensor in a Ford Taurus

by Editorial Team

The anti-lock braking system (ABS) on the Ford Taurus uses a wheel sensor to monitor the wheel speed on each wheel. The ABS controller uses this information to prevent the brakes from locking during an emergency stop. If the ABS warning light comes on, it may indicate the wheel sensor has become clogged with metallic debris such as brake dust.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

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