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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 SOHC auto. ABS light is flashing with the turn signals on and radio blasts and ABS light goes away when I slam the brake pedal to the floor.

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Did you worked on the car?
maybe you have some sort circuit or loose ground

Posted on Mar 10, 2013

  • mattmorro Mar 10, 2013

    No I haven't worked on it, and yeah the radio display & some interior lights are shorted out. But they have been shorted out for Atleast a decade. But I fixed the problem.

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