Re: 156 Brake pipes (a "heads up" warning...)
A year ago the forum was really helpful in helping me solve an electrics issue with my 156 2.4JTD - thanks!
This year I put my car in my local VW dealer for its MOT. I do some work for them so have a concessionary rate. It failed due to worn suspension link (advised as worn last year so fair enough) and a couple of other things - an exhaust clamp was broken, misaligned headlight, faulty windscreen washer ( it was ok before I put it in and ok after the MOT!) and a worn wiper blade.
As the repair rates are £73 per hour I took the car to 'Bob's Garage' who sorted me out last year, and they fixed all the bits (replacing both suspension links) for £256 - not bad.
I took it back for retest and was pleased to get my new MOT cerificate.
I drove it towards the exit of the dealership and on applying my brakes suspected something was amiss. I tried the brakes a couple more times and knew something SERIOUS was going on.
The staff must have thought I was mad going back within minutes of me collecting my MOT to say that I had no brakes, but the mechanic who had just passed it had to believe me when he saw all my brake fluid had disappeared.
We put it on the ramps ( stopping with the handbrake as the pedal just went to the floor) and he saw the leak coming from the right front brake pipe.
So, two things.
First, an amazing coincidence for it to happen, seconds after an MOT pass. And I'm not the first one for this to happen to, looking at previous posts.
Second, what happens if you are doing 70 (ish!) on a motorway and have to stop pronto, and this happens??
I'm hoping it's not going to be too costly, but let's face it, stopping can be more important than going most times. Most of all I feel lucky!
Mine is a 51 model with 108,000 miles on the clock, by the way. Good idea that this thread is 'sticky' - don't ignore it fellas (and girls).