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Re: Warning Lights
I can bet that your ABS did not engage, because without a bomb full of
pressurized fluid, there is nothing to power the ABS system! From what I
understand, when the ABS activated, it uses up a lot of pressure in a hurry,
and without a charged bomb the pump can't keep up to the demand.
As you learned first hand, our cars drive around quite nicely with a bad
bomb until you really need the brakes. Take note of Christopher's BTDT,
folks. If your bomb is over 7 years old, it is probably bad. Check it and
'91 200q 281k km
----- Original Message -----
From: Christopher Ritchie <email@example.com>
To: quattro list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 29, 1999 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: Warning Lights
> Fred Munro wrote:
> >Driving the car with a bad bomb or with low hydraulic pressure is
> >dangerous. You will rapidly run out of brake assist in a panic stop,
> >significantly increasing your braking distance (and resistance!). Unless
> >have the legs of a power lifter, it is a very good idea to keep the brake
> >assist system in good working order.
> I wholeheartedly agree. I drove around for awhile with a bad bomb. The
> brakes worked fine in normal braking and I reasoned that I could
> for a hard stop. _WRONG_ Almost soiled myself when someone pulled out in
> front of me too close. When you step on the brake pedal hard and
> it will not result in the instant braking action you expect. It will take
> few milliseconds for you to realize what is going on. Then you will
> compensate by standing on the pedal. But those few milliseconds will seem
> lot longer when danger is imminent. That, plus the braking distance will
> longer. I don't remember if the ABS engaged.
> I replaced my bomb at the next available opportunity.