Q: Brake failure occurred after downshifting

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The following came on in my car: "ABS brake system needs service." I called the dealership and was told they knew what it was and to come in later that week. Two days before the appointment, I was downshifting while slowing down and then applied the brakes, but there was nothing - no brake action. To avoid hitting other vehicles, I moved into the left turn lane and at that time the brakes engaged. After pulling over, I called the dealership and they had me take it in immediately. The next morning I was told that a component in the brake had come apart and they had put a clamp on it. I was also told that this had been the case for more than a year. In your expertise, is that clamp a permanent fix?

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