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Where so I buy brake fluid?

My brake fluid on my golf is out - only noticed when my brake pedal hit the floor before the the brakes started working this evening...not sure whether it is a leak or whether it has slowly been used up...but I need to put some in to find this out...had a look online for 'bremsflussigkeit' kaufen but not getting much joy - not listed under coop bau and hobbie or Migros do it and garden...thought about a VW garage but don't really want to pay double the price as I'm not paying them 120CHF an hour to put some fluid in

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Old 11.01.2011, 22:02
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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

hey...
well, you are possibly aware that it is dangerous to run around with no brakes; it would cost you much more than the garage fee. the problem might be something else: not just the fluid, but leaks in linings, etc, as you mentioned.

but if you want to handle it yourself, you might want to check out Jumbo (http://www.jumbo.ch/) for a suitable fluid, or Coop Bau&Hobby. And http://www.do-it-yourself-garage.ch/ might be interesting to have a look at, if you need to lift the car, etc...
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Old 11.01.2011, 22:38
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My brake fluid on my golf is out - only noticed when my brake pedal hit the floor before the the brakes started working this evening...not sure whether it is a leak or whether it has slowly been used up...but I need to put some in to find this out...had a look online for 'bremsflussigkeit' kaufen but not getting much joy - not listed under coop bau and hobbie or Migros do it and garden...thought about a VW garage but don't really want to pay double the price as I'm not paying them 120CHF an hour to put some fluid in

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Migros, TCS, anywhere, really.

Tom

P.S. Brake fluid doesn't get used up, the pads do. So either your pads are worn out, or you have a leak.
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P.S. Brake fluid doesn't get used up, the pads do. So either your pads are worn out, or you have a leak.
TOM; what happened? We agree for the first time!

Yes you really should not drive the car anymore until the garage or the TCS have looked at it.

It costs about CHF 90 per year to join the TCS.

It really isn't worth the risk! Your insurance will not pay if your brakes are defective, and you risk a police prosecution!

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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

Oh and by the way, after your first post, welcome to the Forum!
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Old 12.01.2011, 11:05
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P.S. Brake fluid doesn't get used up, the pads do. So either your pads are worn out, or you have a leak.
Or the fluid is simply too old and contains too much water.
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Old 12.01.2011, 11:44
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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

before you drive the car again make sure your brake lines were not eaten by a 'marder' (little ferret like animal that lives in the woods and likes to eat car internals)
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Old 12.01.2011, 11:53
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Or the fluid is simply too old and contains too much water.
Indeed - an alternative is that if you a slight leak - and cornered heavily - you can get air into the line - which will also cause problems. Furthermore your brake fluid resevoir might also feed the clutch.
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Old 12.01.2011, 11:58
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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

Air in the brake lines becomes very apparent after lots of heavy braking as the air expands - especially during an Alpine pass descent.

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Old 12.01.2011, 12:22
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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

Are you familiar with brake repair? Like bleeding the system and component removal and replacement? If not, then seriously consider going to a pro. You can have a leak that is not visible- master cylinder leaking into the booster for example. I am just fearful that you may top up, maybe get some decent pedal (despite the fact that it sounds like you now have air in the system), not see a leak and carry on just to have them go out at a really bad moment.
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Are you familiar with brake repair? Like bleeding the system and component removal and replacement? If not, then seriously consider going to a pro. You can have a leak that is not visible- master cylinder leaking into the booster for example. I am just fearful that you may top up, maybe get some decent pedal (despite the fact that it sounds like you now have air in the system), not see a leak and carry on just to have them go out at a really bad moment.
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That was exactly my fear, and why I recommended joining the TCS.

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P.S. Brake fluid doesn't get used up, the pads do. So either your pads are worn out, or you have a leak.
I thought brake fluid was like blinker fluid -- it gets used up eventually, and most cars here in Switzerland seem to be running around with empty reservoirs of both, if the tailgating and indication on roundabouts is any evidence...

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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

Thanks for all the comments - the car is camped outside and not been run since struggling to get braking...garage appointment booked round the corner for Friday... I'm okay with very simple mechanics but not touching this one...

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Re: Where so I buy brake fluid?

In addition to all the good advice you already received, keep in mind that one brand of brake fluid may not be compatible with another; it is therefore necessary to drain all the old fluid, bleed the lines, etc, etc. Let a pro do it. You'll sleep better...
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