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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 5:51 pm 
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As topic states, the (( ! )) warning light is flashing during hard corners on my 96 Swift GTi, anybody know what this means?

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low brake fluid

Had me stumped for months :lol: right hand turns I think.

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or could be from really low pads. I toped up my brake res then found out a needed a brake job. But because i filled the fulid res i had too much.


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As the pads wear the fluid level falls. If you haven't got a visible leak you will need to renew the pads. Fluid level should be back to normal...


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i've had 4 gtis now and 2 of them did this, if i keep it topped up near max it never comes on, but if it's in the middle, usually fast right hand turns will flick it on.


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I've experienced this as well, both in my GT and my mk4 metro. A tiny bit of brake fluid helped solve the problem, but be aware, normally if the reservoir is taht low, you have either a leak, or like the guys have said, are in need of a brake job.

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nzswift wrote:
As the pads wear the fluid level falls. If you haven't got a visible leak you will need to renew the pads. Fluid level should be back to normal...

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Check the brakes.

Mentioned before in:
http://www.teamswift.net/viewtopic.php?t=26310
http://www.teamswift.net/viewtopic.php?t=13199

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Aaahh cheers guys, I will top up the master cylinder until I can get the pads done! :P

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FUCKING HELL! Pads 10 min job yeah right...the piston is so tough to push back in can anyone share some iideas etc? I've already bent a G clamp unless someone can suggest something else I'm going to buy a biggger clamp :P my cars on blocks tonight!

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put the caliper back on with the old pads. use a big flatead to wedge between the rotor and old pad , and pry it open. opening the bleeder will make it easier as well. this works if you dont have a "C" clamp or big pliers.

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If it's that hard, you need new calipers. I've done it with my hands before.

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it's more than hard! I bent a brand new G clamp trying to put the thing back in! I put my foot on the brake and the caliper went all the way out easily....but that made things worse I'll give it another go now!

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it's not budging and I just read somehwere that seized pistons cause the car to steer to one side under braking which my car has been doing, looks like I need a new caliper! :evil:

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As someone mentioned open the bleed valve.
If you are talking about the rear disks on a GT the pistons don't push in, they need to be turned clockwise to retract.


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you MUST be joking? if I try that tomorrow and it works - internet huggies for you! :P

BUT...that leads me too one thing, how do they turn clockwise to retract when i let my foot off the pedal?

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nzswift wrote:
As someone mentioned open the bleed valve.
If you are talking about the rear disks on a GT the pistons don't push in, they need to be turned clockwise to retract.


can anyone confirm this if its 100% true cause i noticed the rear caliper pistons on the gt look like they can have a tool put in them to turn them.


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I use a pair of those slip joint pliers that adjust to a variety of distances (I'm sure you know what I mean)....
Works a treat!!
Welsh Swift - I might have misunderstood, but why the heck have you got your foot on the pedal when you are trying to replace pads?


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SSGTi12345 wrote:
nzswift wrote:
As someone mentioned open the bleed valve.
If you are talking about the rear disks on a GT the pistons don't push in, they need to be turned clockwise to retract.


can anyone confirm this if its 100% true cause i noticed the rear caliper pistons on the gt look like they can have a tool put in them to turn them.


yes. confirmed.

use the angle grinder disc removal tool. perfect fit.

Welsh_Swift,
When engaging the handbrake they get adjusted. The only way to pusch the piston back is to either fully removed the handbrake assembly on the caliper or to turn them back in.


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I can also confirm it's true, they screw back in :shock: finally got it finsihed, thanks to everyone in this topic whos helped out!

Welsh Swift - I might have misunderstood, but why the heck have you got your foot on the pedal when you are trying to replace pads?

Sorry I should have been clearer, I was just wondering how they reatract when I let my foot off the brake pedal, when I'm driving for example! I've never come across a piston that screws inwards before.

Also I managed to tear the rubber piston seal when I was working on the caliper. Is this just a dust seal or is it part of the system and brake fluid could leak? thanks again for the help!

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Welsh_Swift wrote:
I can also confirm it's true, they screw back in :shock: finally got it finsihed, thanks to everyone in this topic whos helped out!


Ooops, sorry, I was no help at all sending you down the wrong road. I'm a Metro guy, rear discs never even cross my mind.

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It's cool, i know the braking system on these cars very well now so I've gained knowledge if nothing else!

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