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1998 ford windstar brakes

The brake work fine until i'm just about to stop and then the pedal goes to the floor and makes a weird sound then grabs and sends me flying. no lights in the dash board are on and all levels are good.

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  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    I try to brake, pushing the pedal all the way to the floor the van lurch jumps forward before stopping.

  • long1on1 Jan 12, 2009

    it was the wheel sensor, right rear, it coast me $175.00 through a friend of mine who has his own shop. thanks for all the help

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You may have a faulty ABS wheel sensor, that isn't reading the correct wheel speed making your ABS module engadge when it's not supposed to. You will need to get it scanned by an ABS scantool, and also test driven while the scan tool moniters each wheel's sensor speed.
Hope this helps!

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How long ago you have your brake pads changed
If it is squeky sound it might be a sign for brake pads to be servised.
If you feel like a sponge brake pedal it can be air in a brake system.
You need to have it checked
Good Luck

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If pedal goes to floor, you have a fluid or pressure loss.  Remove all wheels and inspect front and rear wheels and lines from front to rear.  If system has a leak, correct and bleed system of air.  IF no visible leak then I would suspect a internal failure of the master cylinder allowing the pressure to by pass.  Keep me posted

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Sounds like you are getting a false ABS activation. Check the axles at the outer cv joints to see if the sensor rings for the ABS are cracked. A common problem.

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