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Old February 20th, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Alastair Bezzina
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Brake problem

Hi there! Just got my defender 90 (1997 tdi 300 model) today. It's a second hand vehicle. I took it for drive immediately after and everything ran smoothly (I took to the mechanic's workshop 4 prior to purchase to get a full review and everything seemed fine).

The problem arose tonight when I was showing my defender to my father-in-law. The brakes became very loose and I couldn't brake properly. Something tells me that there's a problem with the hydraulics or piping. Brake discs are practically new and there are no evident leaks. Master cylinders and all look fine.

Any ideas?


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Old February 20th, 2013, 04:47 PM
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Congrats and welcome to the site! If the brakes are new, maybe they were not properly bleed.


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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:03 PM
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What he said.... Check the fluid level, then just to make sure bleed the brakes again. If you have a leak is should rear its ugly side. Also check the vacuum hose, to the brake booster, to make sure that isn't cracked. If you still have a problem your Master Cylinder may need to be replaced. If after replacing that and you still have a problem your brake booster might be bad.
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