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Old 08-29-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Smile Odd Brake Issue Solved

When I have an odd issue that I cannot find on this forum that I finally solve, I like to share it with everyone so it can hopefully help ohters. Here it goes.
Did a rear brake job on my 2007 Ford Focus. It has drum brakes. Replaced all the springs and the wheel cylinders while I was at it. Put everything back together and drove it for a little while with no problem. As I was driving home from work one night, I hit a pothole and the brake pedal suddenly got mushy. Eventually, it worked its way out after a few more stops. Gave car to wife after a few days. She calls me on the phone and tells me she hit a bump and the brakes felt funny. This time the mushiness lasted a little longer, but it went away after a day. After about a week, she was driving on a mildly bumpy road and it did it again. This time it never went away. Took it to a mechanic. He bled the brakes really good and it seemed to help it about 90%. That lasted for a while but then it came back. Replaced the master cylinder to no avail. Finally, the mechanic said that it may be the ABS module. I went to a junkyard and got one for $100. He replaced it, bled the brakes and it has been great ever since. Not really sure what happened, but thought this may help someone. FYI - The ABS module must be configured after replacement or it will not work properly. Luckily, this mechanic had the tool to do it.

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