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Abs brake light and no stopping power

I have a 1999 winstar the abs light stays on and when needed I have no braking power they skip and grind i have replaced the rotors and brake pads numerous times i am told it is very costly to check out the sensors and that most of the time its not the problem any suggestions

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You need to replace your master cylinder. I have seen this numerous times.good luck and remember to rate all of the solutions you get.

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