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That is the symptoms of poor braking

We're going to need detailed info on what has
been done to diagnose & make the proper repairs,
& why that attempt failed

If all you do is drive the vehicle & do not take the brakes
apart once a year, then you got what you got

You don't even have a vehicle shown here

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SOURCE: 96 ford taurus breaks are hard but no breaks

I agree with carl, about the vacume hose to the booster.
I think that i would also recheck the rear brakes for binding,and proper installation.
I hope you find the problem, best wishes !

Posted on Nov 22, 2011

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