Major braking problems today

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Major braking problems today

Post by jashammy » 22 Feb 2014, 17:34

Just took the car for a 25 mile drive & all was well,car felt great.stopped to take a photo & when I got back in the active steering light was on the dash & steering had gone all heavy,turned engine on & off & no change,drove for a couple of minutes & no change,pulled over turned off & on & seemed to sort itself out except it felt like the handbrake had been left on when I pulled away,didn't think to much of it until I had to brake & it pulled & dived to the front left then to the right & again it felt like the brakes were still on when I tried to pull away.

On the way home I kept trying the brakes & it seemed to dive to the left or right but more often to the left.once you get up to about 50mph & brake it's really quite bad & you've got to steer just to brake in a straight line.
I pulled over & brakes were still on every time I tried to pull forward or backwards,walked around smelling & feeling all wheels & I'm sure the front near side seemed hotter & smelt abit. Then whilst not moving if I turn the wheel to full lock both right & left I can hear air escaping at first I thought I had a puncture,god knows what it is,I had the brakes flushed & new fluid replaced recently.
Also I had the engine management light come on not just the little one but a big amber flashing one in the centre of the dash & idrive message "engine overload,may damage engine" or something similar & tick over was very lumpy,car was actually juddering.
Drove home brakes the same but no dash lights & air escaping sound on full lock.
All n all not a very good day,could this be connected to the new vacuum pump Ive had fitted as this is connected to the brakes I think.
Car can't be driven it's just not safe. Any ideas anybody ?????????
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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by lizzie » 22 Feb 2014, 18:20

I can't help you here Jas but hopefully some techie might have an idea but it might be worth giving John at Autobase a ring on Monday and describe your symptoms and he should be able to give you a indication of the problem. :-)


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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by M60NJP » 22 Feb 2014, 18:25

For this lot, get the codes read immediately Jas - there's potentially too many interconnected things going on so best to see what caused it rather than analyse bit by bit?

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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by jashammy » 22 Feb 2014, 19:48

Dosnt sound good :-(
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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by jashammy » 22 Feb 2014, 19:49

lizzie wrote:I can't help you here Jas but hopefully some techie might have an idea but it might be worth giving John at Autobase a ring on Monday and describe your symptoms and he should be able to give you a indication of the problem. :-)


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probably best I speak to john soon as :-(
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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by M60NJP » 22 Feb 2014, 19:51

jashammy wrote:Dosnt sound good :-(
Maybe.....but if the front caliper is seized it might cause these alerts? Jack the car and see if the wheel spins freely....

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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by jashammy » 22 Feb 2014, 19:52

Good idea Neal I've got a trolley jack I bought a few months back
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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by jashammy » 22 Feb 2014, 19:53

What about the air escaping sound when on full lock ?
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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by jashammy » 23 Feb 2014, 15:48

lizzie wrote:I can't help you here Jas but hopefully some techie might have an idea but it might be worth giving John at Autobase a ring on Monday and describe your symptoms and he should be able to give you a indication of the problem. :-)


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Just dropped the car at autobase,bloody typical,16mile journey & car was fine,a pleasure to drive,maybe it connected to engine temperature. Oh well worry time again :-(
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Re: Major braking problems today

Post by lizzie » 23 Feb 2014, 16:26

Did you manage to get in touch with John yesterday then Jas?


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