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No brakes!

April 17th, 2006 at 03:55 pm

Got almost to work and put the brake pedal in - right down to the floor! I'm so glad I spent $150 on Friday for them to fix this. I called DH since I didn't have the number to the shop. Good thing - they would have gotten an earful. I'm hoping it was just a fluke and for some reason the new part was faulty. Although after that happened with the starter last summer, I'm not sure I want that to be the case. (Yes, my new starter burned out a day later - 30 miles from home.) It's possible the shop did fix something, just not the right thing!

It's a strange problem and seems to show up after the car has been driven a while - 20-30 miles. At least that's how it was on Wednesday and today. Since that was the case, I knew I'd be ok heading home. The brakes gave out again less than a mile from home. Boy is it fun not knowing if you'll have brakes or not when you put the pedal in. Something I think we take for granted...Thankfully I drive a 5 speed so downshifting and the emergency brake are my friends if need be. Back to the shop it goes tonight, so let's hope this doesn't cost too much more money.

4 Responses to “No brakes!”

  1. veronak Says:

    I am glad you were not in a car accident but if I were you I would not use that shop again, was it the same place that fixed the sTarter?

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    Yes, but the starter was not their fault. It was the manufacturer's fault - bad part. It could happen at any shop and is quite common. It happened with a brand new strut as well - blew before driving away from the garage. Different mechanic that time. That's the problem with aftermarket parts. Don't worry, I have to find a new mechanic anyways. This one is afraid of a Volkswagen. All I want is a local mechanic who isn't chicken! I don't drive an unusual car. It's just a 1998 Jetta.

  3. boomeyers Says:

    Wow! I had that happen to me too! Yikes! Hope all turns out well!

  4. veronak Says:

    Well that is good to hear, too bad you're not in FL because I have used the same garage for about 6 years, good luck

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