I have a 2002 Windstar sport. Tonight, when I started the van, the traction
control and ABS lights stayed on both at the same time and remained on while
I drove to my destination. This is the first time this has ever happened.
Now, the weather is terrible outside. It is snowing and mild so it is
somewhat slushy and a heavy snow out there. Could this have an impact on
I should state the obvious, the fact that these lights are on means that
both the traction control and ABS are disabled. Just thought I would
mention that in case it was assumed that it was just an idiot light problem.
Traction control relies upon the ABS sensors in order to calculate
degree of wheel spin. A defective sensor could well result in both
lights being tripped. Might be as simple as a wire being unplugged
Get a mechanic you TRUST check it. Shouldn't be too difficult to
diagnose on a vehicle this current. You've got your recalls up to
Someone has bet on a wheel speed sensor... very possible but codes need to
be read to verify and avoid replacing parts unnecessarily (oh, I can see the
reply now...). Traction control and ABS are interrelated and are more
readily referred to as IVD (Interactive Vehicle Dynamics) on your model.
Part of the traction control involves detorquing the motor (though ignition
timing changes) and applying brakes (through the ABS system) as necessary.
If you are handy, you could inspect the wheels speed sensor harnesses to
determine if ice has built up and broken the wires but even then, there
could be damage not obvious to the naked eye. If not, this fix should not be
terribly spendy (providing, indeed, that the root cause is a sensor). The
module and HCU are located beneath the van but both should be well out of
harms way barring any undocumented obstacles.
Thanks for the replies from everyone.
Where abouts would the wheel speed sensor harness be located. I would like
to inspect it myself because I am out of warranty right now and if it is
obvious then I would like to take care of it.
If you look inside the wheel wells, the wires to the sensor are usually
paired with the brake hoses by plastic clips. I'm dead sure this is true for
the fronts... the rears may differ but the wires should be readily
identifiable if you follow them up from the brake backing plates.....
Over to you gooey girl...
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