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Jeep Cherokee ABS light is on and now no brakes

\015 I have a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Larado that the ABS light is now coming on and I have no brakes unless I step with all my strength and pray. I took it into the shop and they said I need a new ABS and it would cost around 1,600. Could there be another problem that could be a cheaper fix? I do not completely trust mechanics in this town. I was given a master cyclinder for it could this be the replacement I need????\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 21-01-2019

Answers :

Hi laustiin,
\015\012When the ABS system fails the brakes revert to standard brakes. The ABS module will not repair this for you.
\015\012The master cylinder is not likely to change anything either.
\015\012I am assuming that the pedal is full since you didn't say otherwise.
\015\012Your problem is most likely the brake booster. pump the brakes several times with the engine off to relieve any built up vacuum. While pressing down on the brake pedal start the engine. If the booster is working properly the pedal will move slightly down then press back against your foot. If it doesn't do this replace the booster.
\015\012If this doesn't help reply with more information and I will try to help you out.
\015\012Good Luck
The Bendix 9 ABS pump for the 1989 Cherokee was an early try for jeep. It is worthless. Even replacing it will not work in the long run. The pump is a high pressure system. The brakes quit working when the pump goes out. you can spend 700 or 800 dollars at a reputable shop or over a thousand dollars at the dealership. It is under warranty because it sucks. But they will come up with any excuse for it not to be covered. I suggest bypassing the abs and turning it into standard brakes. The only problem is finding a mechanic to do it, most won't. If anyone knows how to convert an 89 cherokee to standard brakes I would be very grateful.
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