Warning! Warning! Brake Fluid!

jonnycwh

Member
  • 7 Feb 2006
  • #1
  • Ok here’s my story. I was driving home from work today and my car started beeping and the ABS warning lamp came on as well as the brake fluid lamp. So i pulled over. Switched off the engine and started it again. I read the owners manual and it tells me that my brake fluid might be low and to bring it to my nearest Audi dealer to get a top up. Well i drove the remaining 20miles home and the warning lamp never came back on?
    Is this a job i can do myself? Where is the brake fluid reservoir and do i need to know anything else when topping it up? I mean do i need to bleed the brakes or release trapped air or stuff like that? Also is there a special type of brake fluid i need to buy? Hope ya can help. Cheers

    spike

    Member
    • 7 Feb 2006
  • #2
  • Hi
    The brake warning light can signal other brake faults so check the fluid level first then talk to your dealer if the warning lights come on again.
    The attached link is from our gallery and shows the position of the brake reservoir (with yellow cap) in the top left corner of the engine bay.
    You need DOT4 brake fluid (full spec is in the owners manual) Be careful as the fluid is also a very good paint stripper. If you spill any, wash it off immediately with tap water (have a bottle ready, just in case)
    Personally, I never top up the reservoir unless it is below the low mark. If it is much below you need to start checking for leaks.

    jonnycwh

    Member
    • 7 Feb 2006
  • #3
  • Thanks for all that helpful info. I’ll have a go tomorrow and see what the story is. Will let you know how i get on. Thanks again.

    Silent1

    Member
    • 8 Feb 2006
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  • jonnycwh

    Member
    • 8 Feb 2006
  • #5
  • Yeah that probably sounds right. I haven’t changed the pads in ages so i must check that now. Would you trust one of those advance pitstop tyre places to put new pads on or would i be better off going to my own mechanic?

    Silent1

    Member
    • 8 Feb 2006
  • #6
  • Yeah that probably sounds right. I haven’t changed the pads in ages so i must check that now. Would you trust one of those advance pitstop tyre places to put new pads on or would i be better off going to my own mechanic?

    i wouldn’t go near them with a bargepole as they’ll almost certainly fit a really cheap set of pads without the wire in them for the brake pad warning, you’re best off going down to your mechanic and fitting either some genuine audi pads or ebc greenstuff pads, they’re both around the same price and you’ll know what you’re getting