My wife just bought a 2001 Focus with 8600 miles that is in great
shape. How can I found out if the car is equipped with anti-lock
brakes? Is there somewhere under the hood I can look for the modulator
thingy? Or is there a number or letter in the VIN that would tell me?
ABS or lack thereof isn't contained in the VIN. Brake code '2' on
the vehicle certification label denotes ABS. The vehicle certification
label is positioned on the left-hand B-pillar above the latch. The
brake code is located in the lower-left corner and is abbreviated 'BRK'.
 This is from the 2000 Focus service manual, I don't know if there
was more than one type of ABS offered on the 2001. Implicit in the
manual's description of the brake code is that lack of a code indicates
a non-ABS system.
You could wait for some wet weather and some slippery road, make sure
there's no cars around, and slam on the breaks (on a slippery road, it
should work at low speeds). If you can feel the brake pedal vibrate/pulsate,
then you have working ABS.
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Yep, but then it is the only way to find out if you don't know
enough about cars and you want to be sure it's working. Albeit a
large empty/wet car park would reduce any risk, but then you
don't need to drive fast, if it's really wet, only jump hard
enough on the brakes.;)
Michael Heiming (GPG-Key ID: 0xEDD27B94)
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