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98' Ford Windstar has a spongy brake

In 2008,My 98' Ford Windstar has a spongy brake. It is 3.8 engine with ABS.
Replaced master cylinder to start with; new brake line, new brake pad,no oil leake, but air mixed oil in brake line after bleeding 3 times by the mechanic. went to a Ford dealership, using computer bled, no help. the third autoshop checked and bled again, no help.
early in year 2009, brake oil almost run out and filled up, then need no more brake oil after that. the rear drum squeeze sound when brakes.
the car is hard to stop esp. when the ABS and or the track green light is on.
the rubber brake line extentionn looks fine.

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  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    one ford dealer scan ABS, nothing wrong.
    3 mechanic shop checked the rear brake, nothing wrong.
    but, I will replace the rear brake anyway.

    PS: nobody care about clearing the ABS light, I don't. as long as
    the car can brake safely.
    those light is for dealer and Ford office managers, not for us.

  • niceneedle Aug 26, 2009

    I finally dig out a rusted old ABS module from jank yard for $150. After instalation by a mechanic, my car got a brake and can stop!!!!!!!!!!

    The back brake is not for brake stop, it is only designed for hand brake when need parking. this is the top dark secret of North American auto industries.

    Guru, you even don't leaned that?



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Have you had anyone try to clean and adjust the rear brakes? You will need a shop to scan the van for ABS codes first to cure the ABS light.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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    Clint Smock Aug 28, 2009

    I don't know who told you that the rear brakes don't do anything when you push on the pedal but they are wrong. The rear brakes do apply when you push the parking brake but they also apply when you push the regular brakes. Although the front brakes will do 80% of the braking and the rear will only do 20%. Also the rear brakes will apply first to keep you from having the van nose dive or pull when you hit the brakes.



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