Brake Fluid Gone On New(Ish) Focus
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:25 PM
In May 2012 I purchased a 2011 Ford Focus 1.6 Diesel. It is the older shape Focus.
Anyway I usually check the brake fluid levels when I purchase a car but I don't think I did on this occasion, after all I was buying from a well known Ford dealer.
Anyway about 3 weeks ago I noticed that the brake fluid was very low (Just under the min line). So I took it into the dealership and I agreed for them to check for leaks and change the fluid.
This cost me over £50.00 and after having the car for less than 8 months I am not very impressed.
I am now having a debate with them that the brake fluid should not go down that much if A. There wasn't enough brake fluid in there in the first place or B. It had leaked somewhere.
They told me they found no leaks but it is perfectly normal for brake fluid to go down that much with wear. I am not happy with their statement as the brake pads have plenty of life left on them.
The car has done about 12,000 miles since I purchased it.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:52 PM
It is odd, but I suppose not impossible. The problem is, if they can find no leaks then there is technically no fault and it will not fall under the warranty. Topping up fluids is considered maintenance.
Cute dog by the way
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:55 PM
Thanks for the reply. That is exactly my problem though. It is not "topping up" is it.
Hah the dog... this forum pulls it from your Twitter profile.
Anyway it wasn't what I was expecting from a very new motor.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:58 PM
That said, keep an eye on the level and if it still seems to be dropping at an abnormal rate, take it in and get them to look at it under warranty.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:06 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:41 PM
Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:49 PM
The brake fluid is also for your clutch have you noticed any difficulty with gears but a reasonable fall can be expected with break wear i take it you have discs all round
That is interesting that you say that because I do find it hard to pull away sometimes and have smelt a bad burning smell coming from the engine area on occasion. I did mention this once but the guy on the phone did not seem concerned.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:25 AM
It does not sound right, it sounds like its possibly getting lost in the gearbox, as I am sure that the fluid is shared between the two....
Posted 07 February 2013 - 04:14 PM
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