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Author Topic: brake warning message  (Read 180 times)

Offline uncon24

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brake warning message
« on: July 10, 2020, 06:26:16 PM »
hi i was recently alerted with a warning on dash which said to stop and refere to service manual (brakes)  the brakes were operating ok .. however i thought as i had the car six months maybe they were due replacement.. all replaced message the same still working ok.. now however the brakes are not efficiant when engine running the brakes are soft and just stop vehicle.. whenever pedal is pumped it becomes hard and brakes dont work whenever you release the pedal from this state it returns like it was before pumping soft and just engaging to stop.. gentle application of brakes and releasing pedal a little offers same result of soft brakes where pedal sinks a bit..

Offline brianh

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Re: brake warning message
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2020, 06:54:26 PM »
I think you will find that message is to alert you to low brake fluid. If it isn't low, that would suggest an issue with the level sensor on the reservoir. The usual cause of hard brake pedal is a lack of vacuum, with the Galaxy the rigid pipe that goes from the servo to the vacuum source (pump in the case of the diesels, inlet manifold on petrols) splits at the ends and can leak. It can provide partial vacuum at this but not as much as it should do. Can be replaced using silicone vacuum hose (You'd need to measure the size to be sure, as I can't remember what I used on mine) just reuse the end fittings with the barbed bits to hold the new hose.

If it is creeping to the floor then that might suggest the master cylinder to be failing. But the diesels particually do tend to sink somewhat with the vacuum assist, better test for that is to do it with the engine off and see if it feels like its resisting once the vacuum is depleted.

It might also help to clarify what exactly you have replaced (Pads/Discs/Fluid/Other bits?)

Offline johnnyroper

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Re: brake warning message
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2020, 10:38:56 PM »
If you have just replaced pads all round then it sounds normal to me as pedal will be spongy while the pads bed in.

Is the warning accompanied by an orange light with circle and dashes around it or is the handbrake light on?

Offline uncon24

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Re: brake warning message
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2020, 01:12:40 PM »
Hi again ..the soft brake peddle is not due to bedding in
I replaced only the pads as I have only owned the car six months and didn't get the service history with the vehicle when I bought from a garage.. having changed the pads there has been no improvement ..the dash reads stop then brake fault there is a red circle with an exclamation mark also flashing..

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Re: brake warning message
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2020, 11:27:16 PM »
In that case i would go down the bleeding route initially and if that does not work try clamping flexi hoses one at a time to test brake pedal static see if any improvement. If none of the slaves have any effect could be master cylinder. The light could well be due to the float sensor in cap if fluid level is correct, assuming you have checked the level that is?

 

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