VW

Have Volkswagen Questions? Ask an Expert Now.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

2003 VW Jetta Issue with brakes

Customer Question
Hello, I am having a problem...

Hello,

I am having a problem with the brakes in a 2003 Jetta 2.0L.

The drivers side rear brake line has no fluid. I first loosened the bleeding screw (nipple) in order to bleed the brakes, no fluid came out despite pumping, both with car on and off. I have unscrewed the brake line from the caliper and this does not have fluid either.

All other brake lines appear to have fluid. I cannot find a leak in the system.

I recently replaced the brakes in this car (few weeks ago), had no issue bleeding this or any caliper then, brakes were fine. This issue arose after I had the tires changed about 3 days ago, car was barely safe to drive home.

I am at a loss as to what might be causing this. All other lines appear to work fine. I replaced the master cylinder in hope that might solve this problem but to no avail. (I did bleed the master cylinder)

Does this car have a proportioning valve or a different part that might be causing this?

I noticed that the brake pedal makes a clicking or snapping sound when pressed about 2/3 of the way down. I know that this sound did not occur previously (it is not the sound of the shift lock releasing, it sounds like a fuse almost).

Thank you for your help.

Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: VW
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own VW Question
Answered in 19 hours by:
6/20/2015
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 3 years ago
Wolfgang
Wolfgang, VW Master Technician
Category: VW
Satisfied Customers: 5,249
Experience: Senior VW Master Tech 15 yrs
Verified
when you were pumping the fluid out every time you pushed down did you close the bleeder screw then allow the pedal to raise?please let me know
Ask Your Own VW Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

No we did not we left the tube in the jar that collected fluid so that no air could go back in. The problem seems to be in the ABS hydraulic module. Do you think this is a failure that can be reset via CAN or do you think the module will need to be replaced?

VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 3 years ago
please do this . you will need 2 people one in the car pushing the brake pedal and the other to open and close the bleedergo to the side where is no fluid coming out and open the bleeder and then push the pedal down to the floor and then close the bleeder and then have the person let off of the brake pedal and then repeat the process.does any fluid come out after about 5 to 7 cycles?
Ask Your Own VW Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

I have done what you said. I tried about 20 times but no fluid came out. Afterwards I took the brake line out of the ABS module and discovered (as I have noticed previously that there was no fluid in this line at all, all other lines have fluid in them. Should I try to reset it using VAG-COM or should I just replace the ABS module?

The only issue I have taking the ABS module completely off is the power cable. What is the trick to removing that from the module?

VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 3 years ago
ok do the feed lines to the abs unit have fluid coming out ? there are 2 from the master cylinder to the abs unit
Ask Your Own VW Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

Yes they do, as mentioned previously I also replaced the master cylinder.

Customer reply replied 3 years ago

The lines going in both have fluid, the lines coming out all do except the driver's side rear... so the problem is happening in the abs module... as asked previously:

The only issue I have taking the ABS module completely off is the power cable. What is the trick to removing that from the module?

VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 3 years ago
if you look at there is a slide catch where it needs to be pulled to get the connector off
Ask Your Own VW Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago

I mentioned previously that the pedal makes a distinct clicking noise when pressed 50%. I replaced the ABS module completely but this clicking noise persists. The ABS light appears and I read error codes 00668 and 00290.

Today the radio randomly turned off while I was using the brakes. It seems reasonable that there is a short circuit or some other sort of electrical issue. Do you have any ideas?

Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a vw mechanicLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask vwnewton Your Own Question
vwnewton
vwnewton
vwnewton, VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced
Category: VW
Satisfied Customers: 307
307 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 25 years of VW obsession turned into a job, last 15 years as a VW Tech.

vwnewton is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

vwnewton

vwnewton

VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced

307 satisfied customers

25 years of VW obsession turned into a job, last 15 years as a VW Tech.

VWDoc

VWDoc

Independent VW Shop owner

1,764 satisfied customers

20 years of experience working with VW's. Independent European shop owner and technician.

Martin

Martin

auto electrical

804 satisfied customers

South African Trade Diploma in Auto Electrical

Matt

Matt

Engineer

708 satisfied customers

Mechanical Engineer with 20 years experience in the auto industry, 8 yrs in formula 1 engine testing

Tim&#039;s Auto Repair

Tim's Auto Repair

mechanic

484 satisfied customers

Have owned a repair shop for 25 yrs.

Tim Mohr

Tim Mohr

ASE MASTER TECH

419 satisfied customers

30 YRS EXPERIENCE, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, GAS AND DEISEL

Chris(aka-Moose)

Chris(aka-Moose)

VW Technician

286 satisfied customers

16 years of experience

< Previous | Next >

Related VW Questions
2003 VW Jetta 2.0 liter is having intermittent brake
2003 VW Jetta 2.0 liter is having intermittent brake problems. The brakes usually work, but at random times, the pedal goes to the floor, feels very stiff, and barely stops the car. The brake booster … read more
conquest.tsi
conquest.tsi
High School or GED
805 satisfied customers
1990 vw jetta: bleed..it has a brake pressure regulator valve on it
i have a 1990 vw jetta with a 1.8 engine. im trying to bleed the brakes and it has a brake pressure regulator valve on it. how do i do this? it does not have abs. i noticed that when i open the bleede… read more
Tim&#039;s Auto Repair
Tim's Auto Repair
mechanic
High School or GED
484 satisfied customers
Fitted..kit firm pedal is restored engine off .engine..master cylinder
fluid loss from rsar brake caliper fitted new caliper . bleeding system two man method and using pressure bleeding kit firm pedal is restored engine off . engine on ,servo fails to operate satisfactor… read more
Eric
Eric
Retired
N/A
14,436 satisfied customers
Jetta: stop sign..auto transmission..a snap, my foot (..parking..towed
I was held up at a stop sign breaking on an incline yesterday with my (auto transmission) jetta and i felt a snap, my foot (on the brake pad) immediately went to the floor with no (5%) break pressure.… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
1990 VW Jetta: brake fluid..fluid level..brake pedal..car stop
I have a 1990 VW Jetta, Problem with brakes.Checked the brake fluid level,its fine.I have to press brake pedal all the way to the floor to make the car stop.The brake pedal tightens up temporarily whe… read more
Matt Carey
Matt Carey
asst. manager/ lead technician
High School or GED
225 satisfied customers
My brake proportioning valve and a rear brake line..bleed..pedal
i changed my brake proportioning valve and a rear brake line. And bleed all four brakes. Still my pedal is going to the floor. what else could bethe problem?… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
Passat 2.0T: master cylinder was changed..used one was put..bled..cars
Brake pedal feel on Passat 2.0T 2007, My question is is it normal that the brake pedal when continuously held and pressed, will go to all the way to the floor, it takes about 5 seconds, and when moder… read more
Matt
Matt
Engineer
Bachelor's Degree
708 satisfied customers
63 VW: this is cool thanks for answering my question..sitting
Hi, this is cool thanks for answering my question. I'm new on working on this VW..ANYWAY i HAVE A 63 VW dune buggy asnd it's been sitting for two years. The brakes had been replaced several years ago … read more
Matt
Matt
Engineer
Bachelor's Degree
708 satisfied customers
1998 VW Jetta: pads..I also turned the rotors and drums..cylinders
I just replaced the pads and shoes in my son's 1998 VW Jetta. I also turned the rotors and drums. In addition, I changed the two rear braked cylinders. I am trying to bleed the brakes and I have no co… read more
Brian
Brian
Associate Degree
1,806 satisfied customers
96 jetta: brakes..I change the master cylinder I had the same problem
Hello everyone I got a 96 jetta and brakes will not hold up . I change the master cylinder about 6 months ago. When I change the master cylinder I had the same problem. But I took the master cylinder … read more
Brian
Brian
Associate Degree
1,806 satisfied customers
2003 Jetta: my rear disc brake pads..with the car running..caliper
I recently changed my rear disc brake pads on my 2003 Jetta, with the car running, pressing the pedal it feels that the brakes begin to grab but nothing happens, then the pedal continues until almost … read more
Eric
Eric
Retired
N/A
14,436 satisfied customers
01 Passat: 1.8T w/ 110,000 miles..air in the brake system...leakage
'01 Passat 1.8T w/ 110,000 miles. We have air in the brake system. There are no signs of leakage or wet spots in any of the lines. We have installed two master cylinders, priming the secondary side. T… read more
HondaPlatinum
HondaPlatinum
High School or GED
148 satisfied customers
beetle: petrol..brake pedal..somewhere..2 ltrs of brake fluid
Hello, I have a 1.6 petrol beetle on a 53 plate. My husband has just cleaned the front calipers and has tried to bleed them but just cannot get a decent brake pedal. There is air in system somewhere, … read more
Danny
Danny
Owner, lead mechanic
High School or GED
3,963 satisfied customers
2004 VW Jetta: rear brakes..sedan..piston..the master cylinder lid
I am working on putting on new rear brakes on a 2004 VW Jetta 2.0L sedan and can't close the piston cylinder to get the new brakes on. I opened the master cylinder lid and also tried bleeding the line… read more
gomi_otaku
gomi_otaku
Auto Technician (dealership)
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
2,229 satisfied customers
2001 VW Beetle: brake pads..the right rear caliper so I..pedal
I replaced the brake pads on my Daughter's 2001 VW Beetle. I had to take the brake line off of the right rear caliper so I introduced air into the system. After replacing everything we went to bleed t… read more
Jim B
Jim B
AAA Approved Shop Owner
High School or GED
1,147 satisfied customers
1990 Jetta: brake pedal..pedal goes..The pads and shoes are good
1990 Jetta brake pedal goes to the floor. The pads and shoes are good. How do we nail down the problem.… read more
vwnewton
vwnewton
VW Owner,ASE Master and L1 Advanced
A.S.E. L1 Master and more
307 satisfied customers
1967 vw fastback: master cylinder..hoses..brakes fluid..calipers
Have a 1967 vw fastback with front disc and rear drums. has single circuit master cylinder. replaced all lines, hoses, wheelcylinders, etc. gravity feed, brakes fluid coming out at wheel clyinders and… read more
Danny
Danny
Owner, lead mechanic
High School or GED
3,963 satisfied customers
2002 vw jetta tdi: brakes front and rear pads when i..master..abs
2002 vw jetta tdi changed brakes front and rear pads when i was done i pumped brakes good started car pedal goes to floor. i have been a tech a long time never had this happend vw dealer wants to repl… read more
Chris VW Master Tech
Chris VW Master Tech
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
196 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x