BRAKING FAILED. INTERMITTENT PROBLEM I COMPACT

2002 BMW 316

Tiny

damonsbeads

August, 3, 2012 AT 6:47 PM

I was reversing out of a carspace, went to apply brakes and foot went straight to floor. Brakes not working at all, pedal floppy. Pumped pedal and came back after time. Have not had a problem since! Had everything checked at garage, even checking pedal itself. A new master cylinder will cost in excess of £200. Is it necessary to replace this? Quite a worry that it may do it again.

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5 Answers

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 3, 2012 AT 7:01 PM

Such symptoms indicates the master cylinder is the most likely cause.

If the component is faulty, which is more important, 200 or your life? Vehicle is 10 years old and if the master cylinder is still good, it should also be due for repair/replacement if there are any brake related problems.

Tiny

Docfixit

August, 3, 2012 AT 7:02 PM

Hold pressure on brake pedal if it slowly goes to floor then yes replace master. If it was me would replace or buy more life insurance

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 3, 2012 AT 7:03 PM

Hey Doc,

Buying more insurance would only benefit others, lol.

Tiny

damonsbeads

August, 4, 2012 AT 12:41 PM

Thanks for your replies. I do have life insurance (LOL) but I guess you have told me what I already was thinking - Get new master cylinder. Car passed its MOT yesterday and was told the brakes were fine !

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 4, 2012 AT 1:34 PM

It can be fine now but it won't be for long if the master cylinder is failing.

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