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10-21-2014 03:34 PM
henryd1981 UPDATE: I do stand corrected: my brake fluid was a little low.

However, it was not low for the sake of being low. I dropped my car off at the dealer yesterday so they could look at several things, including the brake fluid warning. As it turns out, and I hope I repeat what the service advisor told me correctly, there were burrs found on at least one of the brake lines going into the master cylinder, causing it to leak. It has been fixed under warranty.
10-14-2014 11:11 PM
henryd1981 I did check the brake fluid when I checked the tightness of the cap. The brake fluid was full. It should not be low on a car with 16k miles.

I actually had the low brake fluid message come up twice at different times today. Both times, I was at a stop light on level ground, and after it finished dinging the message, the warning message and warning lights went away.
10-13-2014 09:07 PM
Elizabeth
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Originally Posted by jimfocus View Post
This is not a big deal. It is a (sensitive) sensor. As brake pads wear the fluid level goes down to fill the cylinders which will set off the low fluid warning. It happened to me once, I added fluid, no problem.
This ^^^^

I look at the thread like a phenomenon of normal usage stuff turned into a conspiracy.
More like: when was the last time you EVEN CHECKED the brake fluid level?
NEVER? I thought so....
10-13-2014 06:12 PM
jimfocus This is not a big deal. It is a (sensitive) sensor. As brake pads wear the fluid level goes down to fill the cylinders which will set off the low fluid warning. It happened to me once, I added fluid, no problem.
10-12-2014 10:34 PM
henryd1981
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
Uhh.. did you open the hood and check the level? You might want to at least check to make sure the cap is on tightly.

I got an alignment and they did a "Free Check" of my car. They didn't screw the brake reservoir cap on all the way and now the paint is peeling on my brake booster. Lovely.
I ended up checking the cap. It was on there but not very snug. It could have been on more tightly. So, I unscrewed it all the way and put it back on to what I felt was tight enough.

Last night, the oddest thing happened. I was driving home on the freeway and the message came on! It only stayed on for a few seconds before disappearing. I was not braking at the time.

I may have to mention this whenever I take it in.
10-05-2014 01:17 PM
masual
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Originally Posted by henryd1981 View Post
I've only had the "brake fluid low" message pop up twice recently. Both times, it happened on a downward incline waiting at a red light. Several seconds after I start going, the message disappeared.

I might take it in soon anyway since I want to have the DCT checked out at the same time. Just passed 16k miles on mine.
That's what happened to me. In my case was due to the front brake pads been pretty worn out (they still had 1cm of actual brake material). I just added 15 ml of dot 4 Castrol brake fluid and the problem is gone. I regularly check now the brake pads (with a mobile phone camera, through the rim, I take a photo).
What you shouldn't do is fill the master cylinder to de max mark, because at the time to change the brake pads, the master cylinder might spill over.

Seems to be an alert mechanism to tell you that some of your brake pad need replacement.

It started at 38000 km (23000 miles).
10-03-2014 03:12 PM
Elizabeth
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Originally Posted by PratoN View Post
Uhh.. did you open the hood and check the level? You might want to at least check to make sure the cap is on tightly.

I got an alignment and they did a "Free Check" of my car. They didn't screw the brake reservoir cap on all the way and now the paint is peeling on my brake booster. Lovely.
I never let any fool 'check' anything because their 'checking'usually breaks something. Maybe let them at the dealer.. but any sort of fast anything place, forget it.

I am totally leary to the point a oil change place, when I brought in my used oil saying 'we will give you a free oil change..'. No way! Sorry not gonna happen. IMO bozos are everywhere...
10-03-2014 02:31 PM
PratoN
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Originally Posted by henryd1981 View Post
I've only had the "brake fluid low" message pop up twice recently. Both times, it happened on a downward incline waiting at a red light. Several seconds after I start going, the message disappeared.
Uhh.. did you open the hood and check the level? You might want to at least check to make sure the cap is on tightly.

I got an alignment and they did a "Free Check" of my car. They didn't screw the brake reservoir cap on all the way and now the paint is peeling on my brake booster. Lovely.
10-03-2014 02:28 PM
henryd1981 I've only had the "brake fluid low" message pop up twice recently. Both times, it happened on a downward incline waiting at a red light. Several seconds after I start going, the message disappeared.

I might take it in soon anyway since I want to have the DCT checked out at the same time. Just passed 16k miles on mine.
01-08-2014 03:30 PM
Mikey7047 So...when is this going to become a recall? Because it started happening to me this morning and with my long commute to work I'm a bit past my warranty, so I don't exactly have the luxury of bringing it to the dealer and having them diagnose it. It seems like I am not the only one for this to happen to, and a quick Google proves the issue is more widespread than just this forum, plus all the people who haven't taken to the internet to ask about it.
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