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Brake advice needed - T25

Discussion in 'T3 & T4 Tech Help Clinic' started by peace_fam, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Have a wee issue with my brakes and am nervous driving anywhere until I feel safe. Lost hydraulic brake fluid (I think near the calipers on the drivers side) Was ok for a few days, parked it, lost more now the brakes hit the floor without resistance.

    Topped up the fluid and just started her again. The brakes again initially hit the floor without resistance so I pumped them: pressure increased, engine revved harder of it's own accord then I just let her idle a minute. Again brakes hit the floor!!! :wtf: :wtf:GRRRRRR

    I just want enough braking power to get her to a brake specialist.

    1. Any ideas what to look at?
    2. Anyone know a good brake guy around Mornington?

    Thanks in advance for any advice. I need her well to go to Bus Stop!!

    Sharon
     
  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    possibly a burst brake line.
    If you dont have racv or they wont tow you ,grab a new hose and fit.

    wash the area with water.
    fill reservoir.
    observe leak.
    if its from the rubber hose that connects from rigid pipe to calliper then replace this hose.
    can be hard to undo and pipe spanners can help. dont round the nuts.

    bleed system and if all seems ok, drive CAREFULY to the brake place and get everything checked and replace the other hoses as well if they are not perfect.

    If its still loosing pressure quickly i wouldnt drive it.

    If no other option and you can detect where the fluid is leaking from maybe a mobile mechanic to do the obvious leak to safe driving standard.
    then get brake specialist to check the whole system

    Do you have a regular ,trusted mechanic?
    He may come out and do the line.
    If he is good then he can also do the whole job. Doesnt have to be a brake specialist
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2014
  3. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    Thanks Cbus. I don't have a regular mechanic :( I do have RACV. Between Peter and I and the manual we may try the basic repair then if unsuccessful, get her towed.

    I need to find a good mechanic. Took my other car to a local chain and was astounded at what they charged.

    Anyone have ideas of a mechanic around Mornington???
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Franchises can be in it for the money :) Bigtime.

    First thing is to determine where the leak is.

    If you are confident on bleeding a system then changing a flexible hose shouldnt be an issue.

    Good quality tools are essential on these jobs and IF it is the flexibile line then buying a set of pipe spanners may be worth it.

    something like
    https://www.tradetools.com/products/5066

    As you have hit the floor a couple of times there is a possibility that an old master cyl may give up the ghost as well.

    once damaged parts and any suspect hoses are replaced and a full bleed done .All discs and pads clean.
    rear lines and slaves checked for leaks as well ;
    If you still have issues with braking then there may be an issue with master as well. Just a maybe.


    I would have a mechanic or specialist check the system if you are new to such things .
    Regardless of if you have struck problems or just as a check after you have done your own fix.
    If not confident then just have it towed once you find a trustworthy repairer.
    get a quote first if it appears you need significant work.

    If one fault has shown up its likely the whole system needs n expert check over

    Important things brakes:)

    cheers
    col
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2014

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