How to Reset the ABS Light on a 2000 Ford Pickup

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How to Reset the ABS Light on a 2000 Ford Pickup
Turn off the ABS light on your Ford pickup. (dashboard with speed meter image by robert paul van beets from

A 2000 Ford pickup truck uses an OBD-I computer to control and keep track of all of the mechanical and electrical functions of the vehicle. When the ABS light illuminates on the instrument panel, it means there is a malfunction with the Anti-lock Braking System that needs to be addressed immediately. Once you take it to a qualified mechanic or fix the problem yourself, you will need to reset the ABS light right away. You can do this manually at home in just a few moments.

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Things you need

  • Open-end wrench

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  1. 1

    Lift up the bonnet of the truck and find the battery. Locate the negative terminal and find the nut attached to the cable clamp. Loosen the nut in a counterclockwise direction using an open-end wrench.

  2. 2

    Pull on the clamp carefully in an upward direction to remove the clamp from the negative terminal. Allow the battery sit for about five minutes.

  3. 3

    Reattach the clamp to the negative battery terminal. Tighten the nut in a clockwise direction with the open-end wrench. The ABS light should turn off.

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