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I have a 1996 Chrysler Town & Country. The front brake pads were replaced about 3 months ago, the rear pads were replaced about three weeks ago. The brake lines or cylinders were not touched. I experienced a total loss of braking about two weeks after the rears were replaced. Took the van to Big O. They replaced the rear cylinders and completely flushed the brake fluid. The van now has a hard pedal the first time you press it, then goes to the floor if you release the brake and press it again. It seams to stiffen up once you wait about ten seconds. 1. Is it possible that the Bendix LC4 ABS wasn't bled properly and still has air in the lines? 2. Is it possible that the wrong type of fluid was put in and had screwed the system up? 3. What should I check or replace? I am probably an above average mechanic but know very little about ABS braking systems.

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  • henderson_ph Sep 08, 2009

    Thank you for the quick response!
    Is this the only possible cause for this problem?
    The guys at Big-O said they bled the system several times and even took it to another shop to have the ODBII module scanned because they couldn't figure out the problem.
    Could the bleeding problems be because the Bendix LC4 ABS needs to be manually bled instead of pressure bled?
    The guy at the shop they took it to said it may have an ABS controller problem.


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All this is because the brake lines have not been 'bled' properly. That's why when you pump the brakes, it changes how they feel. Air in the line does that. Have them bled again.

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    Craig Butler Sep 08, 2009

    It sounds like a lot of guys have looked at if for sure. I guess it could be the controller, maybe. Remember this, the problem began after they did the brake work. That's what I'm reading here. This leads me to believe that there is an air problem in the system somewhere. It could be the front cylinders too, I see no mention of them being changed?

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