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Traction Assist along with Anti-Lock

Anti-Lock light came on. It also turned OFF my traction assist.
Car would only go about 25 or so mph like brakes were on.
Turned off engine and back on -- everything seemed OK them.

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YOU DIDNT FLUSH !! cant stress enough on these old tbirds to flush out the old brake fluid. just bleed them down several times or take it and have it done. will save you big bucks. sounds like a solonoid stuck, but you should retrieve codes from the antilock system. your dealer will charge about 80 dollars, or you can use an old ford code reader under the hood. the test port is marked antilock, remove the cover and you will see the triangle shape of the old ford code readers. it will flash codes, count the flashes and look in the book for the code. and dont forget to flush. sometimes you have to flush several times until things clear up. just like.... well you know.
























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