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BRAKE ALARM, BRAKE FAULT

On my way home last night, my brake alarm came on and flashed STOP - BRAKE FAULT -- right now the brakes feel fine, has anyone had this happen to them. Every few weeks, it seems, that I am in the shop with this car, (its near 50,000 miles. Should I have all four wheels or just the rear?

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  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    I have the same alarm, but only on hard right turns. The brake fluid is topped off.

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I have a problem with my brake warning light it comes on while
driving an stop when I m stopped at a light can you help me with this problem.

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Although probably not recomended by VW. Top your brake fluid level above the fill line.There seems to be a problem with the level sensors in these models, if this does not solve It I would be inclined to replace the sensor. This has worked on a couple of VWs of 2000 - 2006. --- Disclaimer 'take this advise at your own risk'. RDA servicing

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Check brake fluid level and top up if required.
disconnecting ans connecting battery some times solves the problem.


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