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    Brake fail!

    Hello.

    Over the weekend I cleaned out my wheel arches with a pressure washer. I also applied some copper slip to the back of my front brake pads as they were squealing.

    Today I drove the car for the first time and I now have no brakes!!!

    I just about managed to stop the car before a junction but the pedal was on the carpet. If I pumped them I got a bit of resistance but then it all goes again, they feel really spongey all the way to the floor.

    Is there a common section that perishes? Considering the pressure washer activity I'm guessing I've destroyed one of my brake lines...?

    The frustrating part is I won't know until I get home tonight, just looking for guiders before I check?

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    Sounds like ya might have overdone the copper grease! and its got onto the lining of the pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paula View Post
    Sounds like ya might have overdone the copper grease! and its got onto the lining of the pads

    Nah, my brakes would still be hard, just not efficient if that were the case. There is no pressure there, and once I've built some up, it soon goes again. Deffo a leak somewhere, or a massive blockage??

    I quickly eyeballed the disks, I hadn't driven it for a few days so there had been some rust buildup, that has completely cleared on the rears but only half cleared on the fronts - so I suspect that is where the issue is.

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    What the reservoir level like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paula View Post
    What the reservoir level like?
    One thing I didn't check (partly because I was late for work lol)

    Will be my first port of call before taking the wheels off me thinks...

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    To me it sounds as though what might have happed is that:

    When you had power washed, you could have disturbed some already corroded brake lines,
    in other words the lines are either leaking a little or perhaps at the very least letting air in.
    i would check thoroughly, all round, have somene pres the brakes

    i think if your brake fluid was too low, it would
    warn you on your dash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paula View Post
    To me it sounds as though what might have happed is that:

    When you had power washed, you could have disturbed some already corroded brake lines,
    in other words the lines are either leaking a little or perhaps at the very least letting air in.
    i would check thoroughly, all round, have somene pres the brakes
    Yup - thats my feeling too. I'm gonna pop to the scrappy at lunch and see if I can get some different lines in readiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyb View Post
    Yup - thats my feeling too. I'm gonna pop to the scrappy at lunch and see if I can get some different lines in readiness.
    Hi i might have a few lines depending on what ya need, nothing wrong with them cos i just replaced them with goodride s/s ones 6 line


    Ya can have them just pay the post

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    did you do the most important thing, to loosen the bleed nipple when you pushed the caliper piston in after applying the copperslip and putting the front pads back in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1412 View Post
    did you do the most important thing, to loosen the bleed nipple when you pushed the caliper piston in after applying the copperslip and putting the front pads back in?
    Didn't need to touch the caliper piston. The calipers were slipped off for literally 10secs whilst I applied the slip, they just slid straight back on as they didnt have a chance to move.

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