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Intermittent braking problem

Occasionally, when applying the foot brake, there appears to be no power assisted braking. If i immediately lift off the brake pedal and reapply, the brakes return to normal and all is ok once again! I've checked the condition of the front disc brakes, which were in good order. An accompanying ticking sound (from around the pedal/feet area?) can also occasionally be heard when experiencing this braking problem. 2003 Tribute brakes intermittently pulse with thumping noise. No ABS light on though. Braking seems to be soft when this happens. DOES NOT HAPPEN ALL THE TIME! Thought is was ABS but had the recall check at a dealer and everything is fine there. Also front brakes are new and in good working order. Suggestions??????

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    Do you hear air hissing when the braking symptom occurs?

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Yeah you mostlikey have a abs pressure switch problem. which helps in the power assist , and or the seal in the brake booster is going bad

Posted on May 27, 2009

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    tomo Nov 12, 2014

    were is the abs pressure switch located? i have the same problem

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    tomo Nov 22, 2014

    if i remove the abs fuse (that shuts off the abs)and the brakes are fine, but without abs

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There is a malfunction with the abs motor/computer.. if you remove the abs fuse and the brakes work good,, except now without abs!(just like a pre abs car) than it is an abs module malfunction

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