Low Brake pedal

Hi Everyone!
I have a 1994 Ford Taurus Wagon. The ABS system has not worked from 35,000 miles. The ABS light came on at about 30,000 and I took it in
and got it fixed at Ford. It worked for about 5,000 miles. I was busy at the time and decided I could care less about ABS on my car so I didn't bother to follow up on it. I now have 253,000 on the car, for many years now I have noticed a low brake pedal. No matter what I do, change calipers, flush the system with the one man brake bleeders, change out the master cylinder. Nothing helps. Now keep in mine for the advanced brake person here, the abs does bot work, I did take it to firestone for a flush. They use the box to start the ABS pump, supposedly anyway. No differance, I have a pedal drop of 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Can I remove this ABS system from the car? Does everything work through the ABS system? I know I'm asking allot here and I thank you for anything you can add to my knowledge of this system!
Gerald
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gerald2003r wrote:

does that have drum brakes? on the rear? i had that problem with some cars ... the rear shoe material was glued on in the wrong place and the rear brakes would not auto adjust.... bought new shoes from dealer and way better. also new spring hardware can help on the rear for this. worn drums can cause this as well.
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Hi Fireater,
No this car has 4 disk brakes. This is the LX model. Last year I replaced the 4 calipers and took that out of the loop of problems. I replaced the master cylinder and it improved slightly. The ABS has not worked since 35k so I think it has something to do with that. I did take it recently to Firestone for a flush and they are supposed to use the break out box to flush the abs too but it didn't help either. I wish there was a way to remove the abs from this car and make it simpler. I'll have to go back to Firestone and see if they got the abs motor to start when they flushed it out. Fireater is was a great idea and I thank you for the suggestion, I have heard of this type of problem in prior years.
Gerald
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Howbout have somebody read the codes ???
Does it flash a code before it comes on solid ?????

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Hi JohanB,
Thanks for the idea! 35,000 miles was easy to put on working for hp so my warranty did not last long in 1994, took a couple of months and I was out of warranty. To busy to deal with the problem at that time I took the light out of the dash, sorry but I did that back then. But understanding the system a little I remember that the brake pedal would do a test, it would give you a pump feel when you started the car. You had to have your foot on the brake when you put it into drive and it would give a test pump as part of the test of the system. As I remember, it went to solid yellow, and no test pump from the pedal. Whatever the failure was it happened quite soon after I had brought it to Ford for the first repair at 33 or 34k miles. I remember being quite disappointed that the same failure returned so quickly. But what I also knew is that I had a wonderful highway car, it is truely a great highway car. The brake feel at that point was still good. JohanB, if you or others have knowledge about abs systems that you would like to share I surely will try your ideas. I will put the light back in and see what it says today. Thanks for all your help with this subject!
Gerald
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