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my mechanic says my trafic 2007 doesnt have a load compensator

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my mechanic says my trafic 2007 doesnt have a load compensator valve on the rear axle.... he has had it for nearly 2 weeks and it has failed its ot 4 times on spongy brakes.... he has changed everything... and drained the brakes.... I told him about making sure load compensator valve was open when draining to stop air getting trapped he insists there isnt one... is this possible?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Ross replied 4 years ago.

techmachine :

Hi my name is Ross, I'm a car technician and I’ll help with your question.

techmachine :

If your van has ABS the ABS modulator will take care of the load compensation and prevent locking so its quite possible it doesn't have one

Do you know what parts exactly have been replaced so far?

JACUSTOMER-pct139kt- :

If this valve is the problem... where is it located.... how can i find it

techmachine :

The ABS modulator is located under the bonnet, if you follow the brake pipes from the master cylinder you will find it, its a silver/black box with several brake pipe connections and a wiring connector. These can sometimes be problematic, often they can trap air too, its best to bleed the brakes with the ignition running if that's the case.

Im not sure what parts the mechanic has replaced, but he should fit brake pipe clamps on each flexi hose to rule out individual calipers/cylinders, if its still spongy, it could be air trapped in the ABS modulator, or a faulty master cylinder. Even servos can cause this to an extent. If the brake servo is located on the passenger side, ensure the linking rods are OK and the pedal box and rod supports are not flexing on brake pedal application.