ABS sensor cable is cut


Patrologia

New member
Joined
Aug 16, 2019
Messages
4
Reaction score
1
Points
1
Location
Milwaukee
Vehicle Year
2004
Make / Model
3.0L Edge
Transmission
Manual
New to the forum, and new to my Ranger. I knew it had an ABS light when I bought it but wasn’t extremely concerned since the brakes work fine for normal braking. Doing some other work yesterday I saw what I assume is the reason for my ABS issue:
FFA49231-30A2-46A4-BB4A-02EB6AEA1FA5.jpeg

So my question is this. Would there be any problem with stripping back the insulation and soldering the wires rather than replacing the sensor and cable? The instructions seem to indicate that you have to remove to rotor to gain access and replace the sensor—I’d just as soon put that off until I’m replacing the rotors anyway. It seems pretty straightforward wiring, but I don’t know much about how the ABS stuff does it’s job.
 


Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: 173A8B749AB83C Expires: January 1, 2020

projectRanger93

Active member
Joined
May 16, 2019
Messages
214
Reaction score
167
Points
43
Location
Los Angeles, CA
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ranger STX
Engine Type
4.0 V6
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Tire Size
235/75-R15
First I would recommend you get a wiring diagram of your ranger to understand the ABS system. If you know where you're supposed to wire/solder then by all means do it. My Rear ABS harness was torn so I just soldered it myself. I checked the wiring diagram to check before I did anything. I have a 93 so mine is probably simpler than yours.
 

pjtoledo

Well-known member
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Oct 5, 2007
Messages
1,981
Reaction score
167
Points
63
Location
Toledo Ohio
Vehicle Year
20002005199
Make / Model
Fords
Engine Size
3.0 2.3
My credo
get outta my way, I'm falling!
looks like there is a few inches missing. the cable should have a large U to allow for turning and up/down.
since that line flexes constantly with suspension movement I wouldn't have much faith in a solder job lasting very long.
being in the rust belt expect to do some digging to get the old sensor out of the hub. I've never had one come out intact.
 

Patrologia

New member
Joined
Aug 16, 2019
Messages
4
Reaction score
1
Points
1
Location
Milwaukee
Vehicle Year
2004
Make / Model
3.0L Edge
Transmission
Manual
Thanks, I’ll definitely check to be sure there’s enough play to allow for steering. I think it may look shorter than it is because of the way I was holding the wires.
 

snoranger

This page left blank intentionally
Supporting Member
ASE Certified Tech
Joined
Nov 25, 2007
Messages
4,863
Reaction score
1,133
Points
113
Location
Jackson, NJ
Vehicle Year
'79,'94,'02,'17
Make / Model
All Fords
My credo
I didn't ask for your life story, just answer the question!
Yes, you can repair ABS wiring. We do it all the time at work. Solder it and cover it with heat shrink... it will last a long time.
 

Jim2

Member
Joined
Feb 6, 2012
Messages
86
Reaction score
1
Points
8
Location
Honolulu HI
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.9 L
Transmission
Manual
New to the forum, and new to my Ranger. I knew it had an ABS light when I bought it but wasn’t extremely concerned since the brakes work fine for normal braking. Doing some other work yesterday I saw what I assume is the reason for my ABS issue:
View attachment 30358
So my question is this. Would there be any problem with stripping back the insulation and soldering the wires rather than replacing the sensor and cable? The instructions seem to indicate that you have to remove to rotor to gain access and replace the sensor—I’d just as soon put that off until I’m replacing the rotors anyway. It seems pretty straightforward wiring, but I don’t know much about how the ABS stuff does it’s job.
Thanks for posting this. (y)

I have to do the front pads, and the ABS light is on right now on mine.

I'll definitely look close at that stuff.
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
9,582
Reaction score
722
Points
113
Location
Red Deer, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '94, '80
Make / Model
Ford, GMC
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,350
Transmission
Manual
Yes, you can repair ABS wiring. We do it all the time at work. Solder it and cover it with heat shrink... it will last a long time.
Use heat shrink with adhesive in it.
 

ericbphoto

Old Redneck just wingin' it.
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Feb 7, 2016
Messages
3,286
Reaction score
1,121
Points
113
Age
55
Location
Wellford, SC
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Engine Size
3.0L
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6"
Tire Size
35"
My credo
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
And make sure the finished cable will have enough slack for suspension travel, etc. Add s short piece of wire and make two splices if necessary to have enough length
 

sgtsandman

Well-known member
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Active
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Mar 11, 2017
Messages
1,407
Reaction score
598
Points
113
Location
Aliquippa, PA
Vehicle Year
2011 & 2019
Make / Model
Ford XLT & FX4
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC & 2.3 Ecoboost
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Tire Size
31X10.5R15 & 265/65R17
One thing I've been seeing a lot of lately in youtube videos is a heat shrink tube with a piece of solder in the middle. The solder melts when a person applies heat to the heat shrink, soldering the wires and sealing out the elements all in one shot. It might be worth your time looking into that.
 

bobbywalter

TRS Technical Staff
TRS Technical Advisor
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 9, 2007
Messages
19,157
Reaction score
527
Points
113
Location
woodhaven mi
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
FORD mostly
Engine Size
BIGGER
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
sawzall?
Tire Size
33-44
My credo
it is easier to fix and understand than "her"
awww hell no.
 


Top