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    Picked the Vec up yesterday from The Car People (never buy from them!) and took it for a spin like you do. Everything seemed fine until a young couple went to cross the road at the pelican crossing ahead of me.

    Now normally, 40m at 40mph would be more than enough room to stop. Not this time. The pedal went straight to the floor, ABS kicked in and I stopped halfway across the crossing. Not sure who was more suprised, them or me.

    After that I noticed that the break pedal goes to the floor every time I press it. When moving or stationary. Took it back to them last night and no mechanics were there, so was told I'd get a call first thing in the morning to get it booked in.

    Got a call at 11am this morning (first thing I think not) to say they can't do anything until Monday, which isn't good for me as I'm working away and I'm not back 'til Wed.

    I said they either get a mechanic in on OT or I'll take it Quickfit for them to look at. They said they were happy for me to take it there, but will not cover the costs to get anything repaired if I do it myself. Took it in anyway thinking it was maybe just air in the system, but the guy behind the counter said it was most probably the master cylinder at fault as they have just put new disks and pads on, so have probably pressed the pads too far back.

    What would you do in my situation? Get someone else to take a look ASAP, then if they don't refund me go through small claims?

    I did take out a warenty with them, however they said the breaks probably wouldn't be covered as it could be wear and tear, even though I've only done 100 miles on them

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    when you say picked up, do you mean for the first time? as in you've just bought the car off them? If so, take it back, park it across the entrance to their place and tell them they've sold a non roadworthy car, put your and yours safety at risk and they need to rectify it now or you'll be going to trading standards.

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    Yep. Just bought it yesterday. And that is exactly what I told them, over the phone mind. They didn't seem to really want to sort it though.

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    take it back and make them fix it

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    If its new discs and pads it will take time to bed in, the pedal will be low until it comes back up and also with diesels (not sure if yours is) the pedal does creep to the floor, its a diesel thing, way to test is to turn the engine off and push and hold the brake pedal. The pedal should now be firm and not sink, if its rock hard its defo not the master cylinder.
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    might need a good bleed?

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    Take it back, drive it through their front window, then get out and say 'Sorry, I think there is something wrong with the breaks'

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    Well they've just had it back today, after telling me on Saturday it should be ok to drive, even though I knew it really wasn't.

    Turns out one of the calipers is damaged and is unsafe to drive on the road. How come they didn't notice this before I picked it up, even though I did pretty much straight away.

    Hopefully then can get the part by tomorrow, if not it will be after New Year

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    Well they've just had it back today, after telling me on Saturday it should be ok to drive, even though I knew it really wasn't.

    Turns out one of the calipers is damaged and is unsafe to drive on the road. How come they didn't notice this before I picked it up, even though I did pretty much straight away.

    Hopefully then can get the part by tomorrow, if not it will be after New Year
    That says a lot for KwikFit's instant diagnosis as well......NOT.

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