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Bleading brakes on 2001 ford Taurus no traction lock. ABS pump has been changed can not get the air out and left front caliper will not pass fluid

I am over 60 and have been a mechanic all my life so I am not going into this blind.

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You need a special tool to hold the ABS hydraulic control valves open during the bleeding procedure. So a well equipped shop needs to do this as the tool is very expensive.

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