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I have a 1996 ford explorer with ABS. the system pulsates the brake pedal with a hydraulic pumping noise from under the hood when going over a speed bump slowly and under light braking conditions such as slowly approacing a stop sign. the brakes and rotors were just replaced.

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One of the brake rotor speed sensors was damaged during the brake job, that is 100% for certain, the damaged wheel speed sensor is throwing a false signal of wheel lock up and that is what is activating the ABS pump and causing the pulsating pedal. the ABS system control module can be tested by a Ford dealer (Ford scanner) to determine which wheel speed sensor is defective or damaged, without this test you would just be guessing, u have a 1 in 4 chance of guessing correctly the 1st time.

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    Please report back, I am curious if that is what it is. Good luck

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