How to Replace the ABS Computer in a Ford Windstar

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The Ford Windstar was a minivan that Ford manufactured from from 1994 to 2003. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) was a standard feature for all versions of the Windstar. An ABS requires a computer, or control module, to control the braking force that the wheels receive when they begin to lose traction. The ABS control module for a Ford Windstar is in the engine compartment under the battery.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket wrench set
  • Sealable container
  • Torque wrench
  • Disconnect the cables from the negative and positive battery terminals with a socket wrench, and remove the battery from the vehicle. Disconnect the mounting bolts for the battery tray and remove the tray from the vehicle.

  • Place a drain pan under the radiator and open the drain plug with a socket wrench. Allow the coolant to drain into the container and seal the container for later use. Replace the drain plug and detach the upper hose from the radiator. Disconnect the shroud for the radiator fan.

  • Detach the wiring harness for the ABS control module, then remove the retaining screws from the ABS control module with a socket wrench. Pull the module forward so that its coils clear the valve solenoids in the engine compartment, and remove the module from the vehicle.

  • Position the new ABS control module so that its coils align with the solenoid valves in the engine compartment. Push the coils of the ABS control module against the solenoid valves. Fasten the retaining screws for the ABS control module, and tighten them to between 35 and 44 inch-pounds with a torque wrench.

  • Attach the wiring harness for the ABS control module, and connect the shroud for the radiator fan with a socket wrench. Connect the upper hose for the radiator.

  • Fill the radiator with coolant. Replace the battery tray and fasten its mounting bolts with a socket wrench. Mount the battery in the battery tray and attach the cables for the battery.

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