Brakes failing at random, any ideas?

Tiny
CONNABOY
  • 1996 OPEL ASTRA
  • 115,000 MILES

At random times, while driving, if I press the brake pedal, no reaction from the brakes. Pump the pedal two or three times and the brakes are fine. No brake fluid is missing, no leaks could be found. Bleeded the system twice already. When I keep the brake pedal pressed while the car is not moving, and the brakes are performing as it should, the pedal stays constant. This tells me that there is no brake fluid leaking past the seals in the master cylinder.

During a brake failure, when I press the brake pedal hard, the right front wheel, locks up. No other wheel seems to braking.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 7:23 AM

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Tiny
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I guessed the vehice is not equipped with ABS system. Check the brake Proportioning Control Valve. Check the brake calipers for sticking, especially the slider bolts.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 AT 7:37 AM

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