First off, many thanks to hydrashocker
. I found both their detailed instructions and tips very helpful.
I had the following issues with my 2000 Dodge Durango:
- ABS light was on
- Brake light was on
- Speedometer would not work until I hit 20mph
- Shifting from 1st to 2nd was rough (would kick when I hit 20mph)
Based on everyone's posts, I figured replacing the rear ABS Speed Sensor would be the best bet at a fix. I first tried my neighborhood parts shops (Autozone and O'Reilly/Checker), and got lucky at O'Reilly. They had one for $32 that worked perfect (part# ABS314
I followed hydrashocker and eagle2232 instructions, and had no problems fixing it in less than an hour. I'm not afraid to change my own oil, brakes, plugs, etc., but I'm definitely no mechanic. Here are a few additional tips for guys like me:
- The ABS sensor sits on top of the rear differential slightly towards the front of the truck. So it's smack in the middle of your axel between the rear tires.
- Remove your spare tire to get easier access to that area (thanks to the guy that mentioned this on one of the posts)
- I used my jack and lifted the back up a little to give me more room. Place the jack at your frame near one of your rear tires (don't jack up the axel).
- I slid in from the back of the truck and found it pretty easy to get my head up near rear differential so I could see what I was doing.
- I used 1/2 and 9/16 deep sockets just has hydrashocker mentioned.
- I found it easier to pop the wire harness clip off the sensor after I pulled the sensor out. I was afraid to break the clip, and was able to work with it more gently once the sensor was off. My clip was on there good, so I even had to use a small flat head screw driver to gently help me lift the clip so I could slide it out.
Putting it back together was easy, but remember what order you took things off. I forgot the metal sheild cover, but it only took a minute to back up and get it on there.
I followed eagle2232's instruction to disconnect the battery's negative before starting and then turn the ignition for 30 secs at the end. Not sure if that helped, but my ABS/Brake lights were immediately out when I started it up. I didn't have to drive it a while like some said. The speedometer was also working, and the shifting was nice and smooth.