Red Triangle Warning Light & Beep

Max Hoepli mhoepli at
Sun Mar 22 15:39:17 PDT 2009

It is a red blinking triangle, point downwards, with the brake pad symbols
in the centre, the "bomb", pressure accumulator has only 23,000 km at 4
years. The brake pedal feels fine.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brett Dikeman [mailto:brett.dikeman at] 
Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 18:33
To: Max Hoepli
Cc: quattro at
Subject: Re: Red Triangle Warning Light & Beep

On Sun, Mar 22, 2009 at 5:45 PM, Max Hoepli <mhoepli at> wrote:

> Red triangle warning light blinks, makes beep noise for first 3 blinks.
> Initially the car steering is hard, stiff, when driving, steering feels
> fine, if this is connected with that issue of warning light. Brake and
> hydraulic fluid levels are sufficient.

Which symbol come on?  How does the brake pedal feel?

I believe the only thing that triggers the autocheck system is the
brake fluid level switch and pad wear...maybe the pressure switch on
the booster too.  The hydraulic fluid switch is definitely only
connected to the "BRAKE" idiot light.

As for the stiff power steering- it could be anything.
Loose/oily/worn belt, dying pump, clogged inline filters (in the banjo
bolts and in the reservoir are screens.)

I suppose one possible scenario is that the pump isn't supplying
enough pressure to keep the bomb charged (or your bomb is almost dead.
 See )
and it also shows up as insufficient power steering assist.

We can make a more educated guess with more specific information.


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