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Old 05-09-2004, 02:29   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday was a weird wacky, and bloody dangerous day! First of all my power steering belt decided to fall off on the way to a mates house (my fault though cause i forgot to tension it!) anyways $10 at a mechanic fixed that up.
Then i was in a shopping centre, i was doing about 50km, there was no one in the shopping centre so i picked a parking spot, swerved into it with my foot on the brakes then the brakes just failed!!!
My foot went all the way down, same as when you bleed the brakes... that feeling you get where there is no presure, after going up on the stupid kerb a few seconds later the brakes kicked back in and the car stopped. This is seriously freaking me out and scaring the crap outta me as its extremely dangerous, the road was half tar and half concrete, and going from one surface to the other is where the brakes started failing. This should be no exuse though as brakes should never ever fail on a car no matter what at those speeds!
I just cant stop thinking of what would have happened if there was a car, a wall or even a person in front of me... Luckily i havent lowered the car yet and no visible damage was done, although the ball joints were a little noisy after the incident although the noise has worn out now. Any ideas why this happened?? The car is an EBII with abs. Any help would be greatly apperciated guys... Thanks in advance.
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Re: Brakes Failed to Work While Driving.. HELP...

have you checked your brake fluid and abs fluid levels. i know mine did that because i have a leak in one of the brak calipers and pretty much all the brake fluid was gone so when braking suddenly the fluid got slushed around and oxygen got into the brake lines and the brakes failed through braking, then suddenly came back. It could also be your master cylinder that is on its way out. ill get it checked out by a brake specialist. and its free for them to do a brake inspection. master cylinders are not that expensive around 200 dollars including labour
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The brake fluid is fine, but is there fluid for abs?? where abouts is this located if there is? Master cylinder is a good point, it hasnt done this since yesterday and i have been driving around all day today and yesterday night... i think best bet is to get it checked by a pro....
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its the master cylinder replace it now before you or someone else becomes a statisic
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your right this is a must.. any idea how much they are new? can you recondition these things?? i dont want to go second hand for a part like this...
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Yeah mine used to do that until i replaced the Master cylinder, easy job to replace it.
Worked fine afterwoods.
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i have replaced this part previosuly on my old ea with a second hand one, it only cost me $30 for the second hand one, how much are they new? go genuine or aftermarket?
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The new one i got a few years ago cost me about $180.
that was about 3 years ago.
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I'd take it to brake specialist and have it rebuilt, you'll probably find it's cheaper.
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Im going to get it inspected at a brakes place in 20 mintues time, i got quoted for the master cylinder $145!!! thats pretty decent i think, anyways ill wait and see what the "brake specialists" have to say.
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