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Driving to work this morning I get the STOP BRAKE FAULT warning.

Luckily I wasn't that far from home so I turn the car around and drive back home.

Had a look under the bonnet, the first thing I check is the brake fluid reservoir.

I couldn't believe it, the top had not been screwed on!!

Now I know for a fact I hadn't left it off because I checked everything and double checked when I did my brake conversion.

But I had the car MOT'd at Kwik Fit 2 weeks ago and they checked all of the levels - they do this as a general health check for all customers.

Now you're probably asking why I took it to Kwik Fit? well, I had a "50% off your next MOT" voucher and they always adjust headlamps free of charge (so they don't fail cars where the headlamps are not aligned correctly).

Anyway, I topped the brake fluid up and the fault has not re-appeared, should I be concerned with the fact the reservoir top had been left off for two weeks (i.e. not screwed)? Would my brake fluid have gone bad due to moisture etc?
 

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My old car a 306 D-Turbo S has the battle scars from a quickfit garage. Had to use them to change a tyre while on the way down to Cornwall, It had some nicely damaged floorpans/jacking points after they had been at it!!!!

I wouldnt use them full stop unless I absolutely needed to.

But RE the brake fluid, I would have it done again as it attracts water and causes havoc with seals etc. better to pay ?20 for a system flush and fill then a few hundred for 4 calipers
 

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Agreed, dodgy, screw you over if you're not careful, and haven't got a
clue how to handle wheels (kinda ironic as that's half of what they're
about!)

Remember - if it looks too good to be true Sem, it probably is [:|]

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Driving to work this morning I get the STOP BRAKE FAULT warning.

Luckily I wasn't that far from home so I turn the car around and drive back home.

Had a look under the bonnet, the first thing I check is the brake fluid reservoir.

I couldn't believe it, the top had not been screwed on!!

Now I know for a fact I hadn't left it off because I checked everything and double checked when I did my brake conversion.

But I had the car MOT'd at Kwik Fit 2 weeks ago and they checked all of the levels - they do this as a general health check for all customers.

Now you're probably asking why I took it to Kwik Fit? well, I had a "50% off your next MOT" voucher and they always adjust headlamps free of charge (so they don't fail cars where the headlamps are not aligned correctly).

Anyway, I topped the brake fluid up and the fault has not re-appeared, should I be concerned with the fact the reservoir top had been left off for two weeks (i.e. not screwed)? Would my brake fluid have gone bad due to moisture etc?
SEM.... glad you have sorted the problem....

but please don't take your great car to a place like that...

I know that you had a discount voucher, but all the time and effort you have put into your car, take it to VW specialist where your car will get the respect it deserves
 

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Also check that no brake fluid has found it's way onto the bodywork, ie suspension turrets, as it's corrosive :eek:(
 

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Sem,

I have this problem since my ECS upgrade. Keep meaning to get it sorted. The cap keeps becoming loose on it's own. Magic.
Mines done it in the passed too, I think the engine rocking under acceleration causes the cap to get tugged and it comess loose
 

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Also check that no brake fluid has found it's way
onto the bodywork, ie suspension turrets, as it's corrosive :eek:(
That's an understatement! It'll strip paint better than anything from B&Q.

I took my car to Kwik-fit for their free brake check at 50k miles. They
reported the front pads fine (4mm left) and the rear ones fine (4mm to
4.5mm) so no problem. In 300 miles (i.e. 4 days) my car was grinding
metal from the rear left including sparks etc - coincidence?

They had to change both discs and pads foc at the back..[:mad:]
 

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Luckily there were no spillages, the top had been put in place but just not tightened [:mad:]
 

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myk3,

You spell it Kwik Fit, not Quik Fit, just cause i think you are thick doesn't mean everyone that works in the same company as you is!! You should think about that before you say things like that.
 

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MMM how olds thos thread..... and Kwik Fit are Crap... its where my
Uncle used to send all his reject fitters... They may not all be bad..
but search any car foorum and you will see thread aftere thread of
idiots damaging wheels, or trying it on for new tyres.
 

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myk3,

You spell it Kwik Fit, not Quik Fit, just cause i think you are thick doesn't mean everyone that works in the same company as you is!! You should think about that before you say things like that.
If the cap fits! Maybe he was talking about an alternative tyre & exhaust place? The fact you've assumed he means Kwik Fit smacks of a guilty conscience to me!
 

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Now you're probably asking why I took it to Kwik Fit? well, I had a "50% off your next MOT" voucher and they always adjust headlamps free of charge (so they don't fail cars where the headlamps are not aligned correctly).
I took 2 cars to Kwik Fit and the feckers failed them both because of the headlamps needed to be adjusted! They told me this would cost me ?10 if i wanted them to do it! I laughed and did it my self!

Even more annoying is that they only gave me 24hrs to fix the problems to be able to get the re-test free other wise it would be half price!

I hate the feckers!
 

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I must be really lucky. My local Kwik-Fit centre is really good. I took my car to them with a droaning problem. The checked the wheel bearings and reported that they were fine. They found that the rear pads were slightly siezed. The brakes were removed, cleaned, re-greased and re-assembled. They gave me advice on the initial problem (droning caused by flat spot on tyres) and sent me on the way. And the best bit.....no charge!! Excellent service and very friendly.
 

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Lets face it if you were a half decent mechanic you wouldnt be working at kwik fit. Its ok saying ur great but ur workmanship shows ur not!
 
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