|12-16-2013 10:43 AM|
Did you end up making a dealer appt.? Please send me a PM with your full name, best daytime phone number, VIN, and servicing dealership; I'll look into available options.
|12-12-2013 12:55 PM|
Not addressing anyone specifically, but to throw out some general information for future reference.
Brake Fluid Light only comes on for 2 reason:
1) The parking brake is engaged.
2) The brake fluid sensor is triggered. This can only be triggered 2 ways:
a) Faulty sensor
b) Fluid not in contact with sensor. Whether it be too low to reach the sensor, or because it is just low enough that turns, stops, and inclines momentarily pull the fluid away from the sensor.
Also, since brake fluid does not evaporate, the level only decreases for a few reasons.
2) Brake pads become worn down, causing the caliper piston to extend further, causing more space for fluid to occupy which pulls more from the reservoir into the system. This is normal and a slow progression over time, until your pads are replaced. Just top it off.
3) Missing cap. I suppose if the cap is completely gone you could splash some out with aggressive driving. Still would be very difficult.
One further bit of information. Brake fluid is hydroscopic, meaning that it will absorb water. If moisture gets in the system (it can absorb water from the air, or the common mistake of putting power steering fluid in the brake fluid reservoir) it will degrade and slowly gel. So always take 3 seconds to make sure your cap is sealed. If moisture does get in your fluid you can easily see it floating in the reservoir like oil does with water. Also, the rubber seal on your reservoir cap is designed to swell greatly if the brake fluid is compromised. It'll swell to the point that it is near impossible to reinstall the cap if you take it off, and will feel very slimey.
|12-11-2013 05:19 PM|
We had the message come on for our 2013 sedan, for a moment and then go off about a week or so ago. It's got less than 15K miles on it. Today my wife says it came on two different occasions. Pedal feels fine, and no sponginess. Both times was on a windy road we normally don't travel. She got home and I checked the fluid. It's definitely not at the max level but no evidence of a leak anywhere. I am definitely thinking it was low from the factory. Pretty dumb problem to have. I topped it off to avoid from having to take it in, but I will keep an eye on it. Wondering if it's even worth a phone call to the dealer to at least report it. Then again, without inspecting it, it won't mean anything.
|10-16-2013 08:53 PM|
We just picked the car up from the dealer with a brand new master cylinder fluid reservoir. The light and message went off as soon as these parts were replaced, so that would appear to be the fix for those of you having this problem. A copy of the invoice is below.
|10-16-2013 04:49 PM|
I have read very little about coolant issues.
I think this is the only brake fluid thread I have read.
The front suspension noise is common.
Paint issues? Haven't read about any. Yes the water based paint chips easily, I recall reading that before. That is what it is.
Have read very little about TPMS issues.
Rattles? there are any number of reasons for rattles.
Could quality control be better? Yes. However there would still be problems with a select number of cars, it just happens.
|10-16-2013 12:45 PM|
Update: At around 22,000 miles, the "Brake Fluid Level Low Service Now" message began coming on every time we started the car, so we dropped it off at the dealer last weekend. They called on Monday to say they were replacing the master cylinder and brake fluid reservoir under warranty, but that it would take a few days because they have to order the part.
Fingers are crossed that this takes care of the problem...
|09-30-2013 09:19 PM|
I choose the 5 speed MT over the DCT 'cause the infinity issues about it I heard a lot!
Brake fluid issues
Front end suspension issues
Body Paint issues
And the endless list!
WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU DAMN FORD!
|09-30-2013 11:24 AM|
I don't know if it was my dealer or the car alignment place when they did their "complimentary check-up" but I opened my hood yesterday for my usual check up and realized
1. Someone didn't tighten the brake reservoir cap and now I have missing / cracked paint on my brake booster. *sigh*
2. Someone over-tightened my air filter top and cracked the plastic and now it doesn't even close. (I should have put a K&N sticker on it because it's not like the alignment place or Ford could have done anything once they opened it)
It's just a car... it's just a car...
|08-23-2013 03:15 PM|
|08-23-2013 01:43 PM|
Having the same problem
2012 Focus SE 5spd purchased in January 2012. 16K miles in the odometer. Lately the light would come out 10 times a day; sometimes right after switching on the engine. Took it to the dealer, they said they "cannot reproduce the problem" and breaks and fluid level are fine. Dealer has the car right now and will drive it again to try to get the warning to come up. I'm picking the car up tomorrow, let's see how it goes.
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