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95 Ford Windstar brake or ABS chatter

Bad week--first my brakes crunched ("chop-chop-chop-CRUNCH"), then transmission went. Replaced the transmission and front brakes. Also adjusted back wheel bearings. Now every third time I hit the brakes, especially if I pump them, the front wheels shudder and honk like a goose or "boing" like springs snapping. If I stay on the brake it feels like I go over a few big bumps and then it smooths out. If I back off, it happens again the next time.

My mechanic drove it and says the ABS system is compensating for something, but the ABS light doesn't go on, so the computer can't tell us where. He took the wheels apart to make sure the trans guy didn't get grease on the rakes, but he couldn't find anything. He says to baby it for a few days, til I smooth out the high points on the new brakes, and see if that helps.

Can I continue to drive it? If the ABS quits, can I still stop? Are there any magic solutions? Thanks for your help!

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The ABS antilock braking system will if a fault occures? light up indicator light on dash but this means ABS is none operational thereby you will still be able to stop as if car not fitted with system i am conserned at your comment having to pump brake pedal? why? too much travel on pedal? but will pump up harder?? when you replaced front brakes? were the pads and discs replaced? did you bleed the brakes hydraulc system after ? from what you've said i am sure the ABS is working but a sensor /s is sensing premature brake lock up on either front or rear? so if you are certain front brakes ok? thencheck rears? if rear brakes are drums ? remove and inspect for wear or possible contamination ie cyl leaking fluid on shoes would cause brakes to adhese to drum on application also grabbing ? hope this helps some?

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