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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2000, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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How to disable ABS and is that bad?

My wheel bearings completely ate up my spindle and hub, and now all I have is a hub without the ABS speed sensor on it. How would the system react without this sensor? If it would freak out, could I just disconnect the electronic control unit for the ABS system until i can get a hub with the sensor? Please reply if you know how this stuff works, because I do not want to do 70mph without brakes Thanks.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2000, 09:35 PM
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Re: How to disable ABS and is that bad?

if you disconnect everything you would be ok, brakes still work under basic principles of force i have a 1990 bronco that the rear are ****ed and still wears evenly


post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-23-2000, 09:07 AM
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Re: How to disable ABS and is that bad?

The only thing on the hollow spindle itself that is ABS-specific are the two notches that allow the ABS sensor to reach in. It has two notches so the same spindle part can be used as left or right side. The part that the ball joints attach to that holds the spindle (the knuckle?) has the hole for the sensor. And the knuckle has a screw (small 12 pt. on mine) that goes through the knuckle and into a small metal piece that overlaps the spindle rim to help hold the sensor in alignment. If your spindle got eaten up, and you have a non-ABS type spindle in their as a replacement, maybe just cutting a notch in the proper place will allow the sensor to fit through. But you would still need the toothed ring (tone ring) on the hub/rotor to make it work.
Hmmm... maybe that's what you meant after all, that you don't have the tone ring anymore!
I couldn't figure out how bad wheel bearings would eat up the knuckle!

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-23-2000, 10:55 PM
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Re: How to disable ABS and is that bad?

Can the ABS computer be unplugged and still have the speed sensor work properly? My ABS light comes on every once-and-a-while, and the braking acts funny right before then. The code readings say that the computer is bad. I have been ignoring it, but can it be unplugged and will the light go out? I haven't had the time to exparament.

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