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John W brown

Member Since 22 Sep 2013
Offline Last Active May 20 2014 05:50 PM

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In Topic: Fiesta Brake Problem Spongy And Low Pedal

20 May 2014 - 05:51 PM

The brakes on these Fiestas are just crap in general, you've replaced them with harder items so yes I would expect a change along these lines.


Be careful with the Groved and drilled stuff though, they crack very easily, avoid going through puddles as it'll cool them too quick. EBC pads for £20 though? Link?

Not true, drilled discs do not crack easily, I have heard that if used for racing this can happen. Fitted a set of drilled discs to a Merc CLS, these have now been on for more than 5 years, no cracking, these dicsc were also purchased from MTEC. If you buy EBC red stuff than you can double the price of the pads. Check the prices for yourself

In Topic: Fiesta Brake Problem Spongy And Low Pedal

20 May 2014 - 01:14 PM

Hi all


Have had this long travel on my Mk7 Fiesta, tried bleeding the brakes, twice, a bit better, changed the brake hoses for Goodridge

braided, another little bit better, but still not as good as previous Mk6 I had.


Have now fitted new drilled and grooved MTEC brake discs (£73) and EBC standard pads (about £20), much better, not so much travel and a more progressive brake.


Could it have been the pads that were the problem??


John B

In Topic: Mk7 Brakes

12 October 2013 - 11:16 AM

Have now received and fitted the Goodridge hoses, a bit better but has not removed that awful brake travel.

In Topic: Mk7 Brakes

22 September 2013 - 06:56 PM

My brake pedal seems to have a fair bit of movement before anything much happens - feels like at least 2-3 centimetres - during which they have very little impact. For instance, just rolling down my drive at 1-2 mph I have to press the pedal a fair way to actually stop before going into the road (and I'm barely even on a slope). Also, I have to use a fair bit of pressure (and further movement) to achieve any braking force that can really be felt. I was kind of expecting more efficiency from a new car (thinking back and comparing to my old 2001 Fiesta, there's not a huge difference unless pressing really hard).

The zetec-s demo model I test drove before buying was similar; the pedal on that seemed to move a fair bit without anything happening, then you press it slightly more and they come on heavily almost throwing you forwards. In contrast, the zetec I had as a courtesy car a few weeks back had a much stiffer pedal that wouldn't move without a bit of pressure, and brakes that came on as soon as the pedal did move.

I'm also comparing this to an S reg peugeot I had as a courtesy car when my old one was being serviced a few years back - they were very light to press, even for hard braking (for gentle braking I couldn't even feel the pedal moving!). I guess this was my mental benchmark for what to expect from a new car, but none of the 3 I've driven seem anywhere near this efficient/light...

How do yours compare - is there a difference between the zetec and zetec-s at all? And sorry for the long post!


I have this problem with my 2009 Fiesta Titanium 1.6 TCDI, since owning the car (it was 7 months old with 7000 miles on the clock) I have always complained about the long travel before the brakes come on. It is quite alarming especially when motorway driving and having to stick the brakes on suddenly. it feels the pedal is going through the floor.

I have bled the brakes twice, only a very small amount of air, manually adjusted the rear shoes, but all this does not help.

My last Fiesta Flame was far superior to this one for brakes?????

I have just ordered a set og Goodridge brake hoses to see if this will fix the problem.

I will let you know after receiving and fitting