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The brakes on my 1997 Volkswagen Golf will periodically give out, the pedal going all the way to the floor, and then work normally at the next stop.

Driving today at city speeds (30-40 mph), the brake pedal went all the way to the floor without slowing the car (it felt like braking on ice) and I had to drop the car into gear and pull the handbrake. By the next intersection, at the same speed with the same braking technique (downshifting and then braking when in first between 1200 and 1000 rpm) the pedal felt normal and worked correctly. It continued to work correctly for about 10 miles and then did the same failure again.

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Hi Sdill, That must have been scarry! I suggest looking at the following:- Make sure there has been no separation of the brake linings from the mountings. Make sure that the rear brake assembly locators and retaining mounts have not come adrift. Check the front calipers and brake pads. Check the pedal movement and determine the normal movement with the engine running (car stationary) and the engine off and let me know the travel distance. Check for any signs of leakage of brake fluid on the inside of any of the wheels. Check for signs of leakage from the brake master cylinder. Check the flexible brake hoses for swelling or breakage. Check for broken or loose fitting of the hose to the brake booster and the one way valve operation of booster valve. When the failure occurs is there any braking effect at all? or does the pedal go to the floor with nothing happening? I'll be waiting for your reply. Regards John

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Its very possible that you have internal vacuum leak in your power brake booster.Usually you'll hear a hissing noise while depressing the brake pedal,if that noise is evident then you have a faulty booster.

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