What you will need
- Park the vehicle on a flat-level ground surface.
- Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheel using a lug wrench or a breaker bar.
- Jack up the vehicle's front and support it with jack stands.
- Remove the wheel from the vehicle.
- Locate the wheel speed sensor on the back of the rotor.
- Remove the bolt on the sensor using a 10mm socket. Turn the bolt counterclockwise to loosen.
- Pull the sensor out of the knuckle. Use a pick tool to pull the sensor if it doesn't come off easily.
- Remove the cable bracket's 12mm bolt on the upper part of the steering knuckle. Use a 12mm socket and turn it counterclockwise to remove the bolt.
- Remove the other cable bracket with a 10mm bolt on the wheel liner. Use a 10mm socket and turn it counterclockwise to remove the bolt.
- Pull the cable brackets out of the vehicle.
- Remove the push clips on the top of the fender well. Use a flat screwdriver/prying tool to remove the push clips.
- Remove the screws on the bottom part of the fender liner using a Philips screwdriver. Then pull the clip out using a prying tool.
- Pull the fender liner to the side to have access to the connector of the wheel speed sensor.
- Pull the cable clips out of the vehicle using a prying tool or pick tool.
- Disconnect the electrical connector of the wheel speed sensor by pressing the clip and pulling the connector out.
- Connect the new wheel speed sensor. Push the connector into the connection port of the wheel speed sensor.
- Push the cable clips back to the vehicle to lock the cable in.
- Line up the fender well back to its original position. Then reinstall the push clips and screws on the fender well.
- Line up the cable brackets back to the vehicle and reinstall the 10mm bolt and 12mm bolt on the cable. Turn the bolts clockwise to tighten.
- Insert the sensor and reinstall the 10mm bolt to fully install the new wheel speed sensor. Turn the bolt clockwise to tighten.
- Reinstall the front wheel back to the vehicle and torque it to specification.
Can you replace a Kia ABS sensor yourself?
Yes. Replacing the ABS wheel speed sensor on a Kia is easy and takes about 30 minutes.
How much does it cost to replace the Kia ABS sensor?
At the dealership, it costs between $250-$400 but if you replace the ABS sensor yourself you will spend under $100.
Can you drive with a broken ABS sensor?
Yes, you can drive with a broken ABS sensor but it is not recommended. The vehicle may skid or require a longer distance to stop.