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Recently I have been seeing a red "brake" signal lighting up in the instrument cluster, accompanied by the warning "brake fluid low" when I am accelerating into a hard turn. <p>The light goes off after a few seconds, as does the warning message in the message box. <p>Is this something I should be concerned with??? It was not doing it before. It might just need some fluid...although I believe our brakes are "sealed" which would imply a leak somewhere.<p>Based upon your responses I may be taking her back to the dealership. I swear I have such a love hate relationship with this car...I want to keep it "until the wheels fall off" but at this rate that may be sooner than I anticipated.
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (esquiR)

Check the lines for fluid leakage. Or spend the 80 to get them pressure bled, and someone else can get all messy.
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (esquiR)

Well the 1st thing is (duh) open the resovoir and check the brake fluid level!<br>If low, top off, THEN figure out why.<br>If your brake pads are low, that alone could do this
 

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Thanks for the input.<p>What kind of brake fluid does our car require? Dot 3,4 or Dot 5? <p>Will check the fluid this afternoon. I don't think the brake pads are low...don't recall when they were last changed specifically but it has not been that long. Additionally, I have not heard any squeal or grinding noises which usually accompany worn brakes.
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (JRL)

I had this happen to me before going around the same hard left turn on my way to the g/f's house. I just did what Jim said, and no message since.
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (MancUnited1)

IIRC the R shares its brake fluid with the clutch. It can be clutch related. Can it be the slave cylinder on its way out? Any seals around there that can leak?<p>When you top it off, be sure to use DOT4<B>+</B> fluid, emphasis on the "+" (higher temp rating than regular "4" alone).
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (S60R1)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>S60R1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Can it be the slave cylinder on its way out? Any seals around there that can leak?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Exactly! Check the bottom of the tranny for brake fluid, your slave might be leaking...if you have a manual.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well the 1st thing is (duh) open the resovoir and check the brake fluid level!<br>If low, top off, THEN figure out why.<br>If your brake pads are low, that alone could do this</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Need we say more!!!
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (esquiR)

Your brake pads are low! I had the same issue on a previous Volvo <br>Most likely inner rear pads (the ones hard to see)<br>Do not fill your reservoir - check your brakes.<p>Could also be a failing slave cylinder...aka clutch job <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by tomedkaz at 4:46 PM 7-8-2009</i>
 

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Most brake fluid resivor's are designed to never have to be topped off. If the fluid's low, assuming no leaks then you're due for brakes.<p>If you have a stick shift, given the great history of our slave cylinders i'd take a peek under the car too and see if the bottom of the bellhousing shows signs of leakage.<p>
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (MancUnited1)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MancUnited1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I had this happen to me before going around the same hard left turn on my way to the g/f's house. I just did what Jim said, and no message since.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>same here
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>FEO</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">same here</TD></TR></TABLE><p>...you went to MancUnited1's girlfriends house?? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Back OT: +1 to MancUnited1 and FEO.<p>-Steve
 

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Re: "brake" during hard turns (tomedkaz)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tomedkaz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Your brake pads are low! I had the same issue on a previous Volvo <br>Most likely inner rear pads (the ones hard to see)<br>Do not fill your reservoir - check your brakes.<p>Could also be a failing slave cylinder...aka clutch job <p><br><i>Modified by tomedkaz at 4:46 PM 7-8-2009</i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1<p>if you top up now the reservoir will overflow when you change your pads (assuming you don't have any leaks)
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>esquiR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>What kind of brake fluid does our car require? Dot 3,4 or Dot 5? <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Do NOT use DOT3 or DOT5. Actually, don't use DOT4, you should really find DOT4+ like ATE Super Blue or Motul 600, or just get Volvo OEM fluid, it can be ordered for a good price too.
 

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will this suffice as a replacement brake fluid?<p><A HREF="http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.com/Castrol-12502-Gt-Lma-Dot-3-4-Brake-Fluid-12-Oz.aspx" TARGET="_blank">http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.c....aspx</A>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>esquiR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">will this suffice as a replacement brake fluid?<p><A HREF="http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.com/Castrol-12502-Gt-Lma-Dot-3-4-Brake-Fluid-12-Oz.aspx" TARGET="_blank">http://www.cbxmanmotorcycles.c....aspx</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I would say NO unless you can find the exact wet/dry boiling point so you can verify that it is equal or higher than OEM fluid. Considering it's advertised as DOT3/4 I really doubt it. Usually only stuff advertised as DOT4+ will be better than OEM.<p>Just get some ATE Super Blue or Motul 600 from zeckhausen or apexspeed.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Warpedcow</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I would say NO unless you can find the exact wet/dry boiling point so you can verify that it is equal or higher than OEM fluid. Considering it's advertised as DOT3/4 I really doubt it. Usually only stuff advertised as DOT4+ will be better than OEM.<p>Just get some ATE Super Blue or Motul 600 from zeckhausen or apexspeed.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks Warped cow...I ended up going to the dealership and getting OEM fluid. Added some and then took a few corners at speed to see if I could trigger the problem.<p>Looks like problem solved, at least for now.
 
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