Boxster brake failure

Boxster brake failure

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blowky

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4 posts

112 months

Tuesday 5th November 2013
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Took my 2003 3.2 Boxster out for a final spin before putting it away for the year. First roundabout and the brake pedal hit the floor, no brakes! Loss of fluid by the time I limped back home had the fluid light and PSM lights on so I'm loosing fluid somewhere. My question if anyone can help is isn't this a little dangerous, I thought there was a duel circuit on the car to stop you in the event of a failure. Any help gratefully received.

benters

1,459 posts

103 months

Tuesday 5th November 2013
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you were lucky if i can start with that, could have easily been worse. I would start at the master cylinder and work back. Good luck with it.

cd1957

647 posts

145 months

Wednesday 6th November 2013
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Check metal pipes along side passenger floor area and i have had some of the metal pipes on the calipers fail MOT due to rust.

Chris in Cardiff

Manicminer

9,074 posts

166 months

Wednesday 6th November 2013
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blowky said:
My question if anyone can help is isn't this a little dangerous
I'd say limping home with no brakes is retarded, not a little dangerous.

That aside, there's always the handbrake (or emergency brake) if you're really in trouble. Quite often though a leak on one half of the circuit will result in a long pedal but you'll still have a decent amount of stopping force if you really push down hard.

Easy for me to say here at home, must have been pretty scary to happen on the road.

blowky

Original Poster:

4 posts

112 months

Wednesday 6th November 2013
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Thanks for your replies guys.
Chris, I checked last night and your spot on, half way along the passenger side is where its leaking. Rusty brake pipes on a low miles car 10 years old? I don't care if it is a Porsche, it crap. My Lexus LS400 is nearly 20 years old and sails through the MOT every year, made to last from correct materials.
Manicminer, I live in the middle of nowhere so driving home with no brakes is only slightly dangerous, it's fine until you actually bump into something, about on par with driving home with 10 pints on board. only kidding, I limit it to around 5!!
Anyway, I now know what I will be doing this weekend.