Written on: 18/08/2009 by cmorrison07511 (2 reviews written)
We were recently left with virtually no brakes on our 2003 1.9 TDGTi Mk 4 Golf, that luckily did not cause a serious accident. On inspection we found the power steering pipe jubilee clips had eventually rubbed their way through the brake pipe exiting the brake master cylinder. Customer services at VW asked us to have the cause of damage confirmed at our local dealership, as they would look favourably at the repair costs if we were correct in our diagnosis. As it turned out the dealership owner said the pipe had been moved during a cam belt replacement (his opinion, certainly not ours), and VW did not accept any responsibility for what we pointed out as a design fault. We replaced the brake pipe ourselves (a very awkward job),and can confirm it would be virtually impossible for anyone to bend the power steering pipe onto the brake pipe, due to the limited space of movement and the fact the power steering pipe always returns to its original position when trying to move it ( try moving a springy pipe onto a solid object and expect it to stay there, impossible without tying it). We pointed out to VW, this serious safety issue created by their design fault, could easily be remedied by a small fixing bracket from the engine block on to the power steering pipe, thus ensuring a safe maintained distance between pipes. VW do not want to know.
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