Brake fade

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NeilC
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Brake fade

Post by NeilC » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:04 pm

Hi All.

Had the my new Astra for 6wks now & done about 1500 miles.
Has anyone noticed any brake fade. I'm not a heavy braker but have noticed a couple of
times when needed to the brakes feel as though they have no bite and don't seem to slow the car down as I would like to expect. You get the feeling you will not stop, quite un-nerving.

Neil..
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Re: Brake fade

Post by Proph » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:13 pm

Just needs a run in and will be fine a few found it felt like that initially.
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Re: Brake fade

Post by Crunchynut » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:24 pm

Proph wrote:Just needs a run in and will be fine a few found it felt like that initially.

Well I'm 9,000 miles in in absolutely agree with the sentiment that the brakes feel like they have no bite.
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Re: Brake fade

Post by Kristis » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:32 pm

Yeah, i'm having this too sometimes... Have no idea what causes it, yet sometimes it feels like they are fading, yet most of the time - brakes are spot on...
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Re: Brake fade

Post by cooldad » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:23 pm

Kristis wrote:Yeah, i'm having this too sometimes... Have no idea what causes it, yet sometimes it feels like they are fading, yet most of the time - brakes are spot on...
Agree with you, Kristis; 90% of the time I have no issues, but it can be worrying when they feel much less positive, although they have improved over time.

As I've said in other posts / threads, I think the brakes on my 'K' are not as good as they were on my 'J'.
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Re: Brake fade

Post by Kristis » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:38 am

Maybe. Or the electric booster is doing something stupid along the way too
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Re: Brake fade

Post by mattonecz » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:23 am

you just need to press the brake pedal more than in for example skoda or wv, but it brakes good when you really push it :D
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Re: Brake fade

Post by Thompson » Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:36 am

The Astra has an active braking system that makes the brakes feel softly sprung to reduce wear on the brakes. It regulates the speed and pressure you apply on the brakes so that when you step on the brakes quickly enough or in emergency situations it performs best. I tested this on my 1.6T sport auto

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Re: Brake fade

Post by Redman » Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:09 am

The astra has auto brake assist

The brake module monitors the pressure in the brake fluid lines by means of a pressure transmitter and also monitors the rate of travel on the brake pedal by means of a switch/potentiometer. If the rate of travel detected on the brake pedal is fast and the pressure rise is also fast, the brake module applies full brake pressure using the abs pump, before your foot can reach full pedal travel. Buys you 0.5 second and has proven to save lives. I think all new cars have it and each manufacturer has its own name for it.

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Re: Brake fade

Post by astraowner » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:06 pm

I wonder if what these people had back in 2017 was the clutch/brake recall.

The symptoms of that, was also brakes that did not work properly if applied slowly. The remedy was to change a bunch of stuff and until it could be done, people were urged to, if they did not feel like they were braking like they should in a particular situation, to lift the foot off of the brake and apply it again, more vigorously
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