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Almost ran into my garage just now, no brakes!!

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Just drove home and slowly going into the garage and went to apply the brakes and they were frozen. I pushed hard and got the car to stop two inches before I hit the wall in front me. I've had the car for a month and a half, never had an issue. Thought I was crazy so I put in it reverse and applied the brakes, they had the same feeling. You couldn't push the pedal down for nothing. So towed to the dealer it goes. Any ideas on the problem? I'm guessing master cylinder. It's a CPO so it will be covered. But I need a rental car, should I ask the dealer to get one? I didn't buy the cruze from them.
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I honestly have no idea.
As for the rental, that will be up to the dealer. You can ask, but if you don't have an agreement with them, they do not have to supply one. I would call around several GM Dealers and find one which will provide a rental or loaner.
 

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Hey nick993,

I’m very sorry to hear of this occurring. I understand that you had your vehicle towed to your dealership. I will be glad to look further into your concern and contact your dealership regarding this concern. Please send us a private message with your full contact information, VIN, current mileage, and involved dealership if we can be of any assistance. Thank you.

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What year is your car nick933?

I'm with the others who responded that the switch recall has yet to be performed......or the new style switch failed, or the vacuum pump itself.

You could put your vin number on the chevy website to see if there are any open recalls for the switch showing.

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What year is your car nick933?

I'm with the others who responded that the switch recall has yet to be performed......or the new style switch failed, or the vacuum pump itself.

You could put your vin number on the chevy website to see if there are any open recalls for the switch showing.

Rob

It's a 2013, Im guessing since it was for sale in February that most recalls/updates have been performed. But the dealer opens in a couple of hours so we will see soon. The chevy website claims there are no recalls for my VIN. But thanks for the heads up.
 

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Hmmm, something else to try in my Cruze, find a vacant road, get up to 70 mph, switch off the ignition and hit the brake pedal three times to kill the reservoir. To learn how this car stops without the power booster.

Lost power boosters on other cars, no problems with stopping with much extra foot power. So is the Cruze different in this respect? Even with a firm pedal, no stopping at all?
 

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It's a 2013, Im guessing since it was for sale in February that most recalls/updates have been performed. But the dealer opens in a couple of hours so we will see soon. The chevy website claims there are no recalls for my VIN. But thanks for the heads up.
I don't believe the 2013 MY was involved with the recall, so......bum switch or vacuum pump.
Tell the dealer there was no power assist at that moment if it is working properly now.
There will be no codes stored so at very least I would hope they would change the switch and be certain the wire terminals are not bent or damaged in any way.
Usually when the pump dies, it stays dead so thats easy to diagnose......yours may prove difficult if they are unable to reproduce....hence the switch/wiring suggestion.

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Hmmm, something else to try in my Cruze, find a vacant road, get up to 70 mph, switch off the ignition and hit the brake pedal three times to kill the reservoir. To learn how this car stops without the power booster.

Lost power boosters on other cars, no problems with stopping with much extra foot power. So is the Cruze different in this respect? Even with a firm pedal, no stopping at all?
I know I tried too. Didnt lose any power steering or brakes for at least 15 seconds of coasting and pullin into driveway. Its anice feature that makes me feel better since wife is driving.
 

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I don't believe the 2013 MY was involved with the recall, so......bum switch or vacuum pump.
Tell the dealer there was no power assist at that moment if it is working properly now.
There will be no codes stored so at very least I would hope they would change the switch and be certain the wire terminals are not bent or damaged in any way.
Usually when the pump dies, it stays dead so thats easy to diagnose......yours may prove difficult if they are unable to reproduce....hence the switch/wiring suggestion.

Rob
OnStar and dealership told me they found codes for the pump but not the Misfires on all four cylinders. Dealers didn't find misfires till they road tested the car with the new pump installed. Papers say C027B Brake Booster Vacuum Pump and 20A fuse found blown.

Hmmm, something else to try in my Cruze, find a vacant road, get up to 70 mph, switch off the ignition and hit the brake pedal three times to kill the reservoir. To learn how this car stops without the power booster.

Lost power boosters on other cars, no problems with stopping with much extra foot power. So is the Cruze different in this respect? Even with a firm pedal, no stopping at all?
I lost my pump doing about 80 in the PA turnpike. I didn't notice it much, but I may have only hit the pedal 2 times. By that time I also lost the Coil pack and went limp noodle mode.
 

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OnStar and dealership told me they found codes for the pump but not the Misfires on all four cylinders. Dealers didn't find misfires till they road tested the car with the new pump installed. Papers say C027B Brake Booster Vacuum Pump and 20A fuse found blown.



I lost my pump doing about 80 in the PA turnpike. I didn't notice it much, but I may have only hit the pedal 2 times. By that time I also lost the Coil pack and went limp noodle mode.
Holy you know what!!!! So whats limp noodle mode mean. U wreck it or what? Man that sucks.
 

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Holy you know what!!!! So whats limp noodle mode mean. U wreck it or what? Man that sucks.
LOL nope no wrecks, car wouldn't rev past 2k rpms and service everything messages popped up. I didn't really notice the brakes being different at low a speed trying to find a spot for a tow truck driver to get in and out of easily.
 

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Holy you know what!!!! So whats limp noodle mode mean. U wreck it or what? Man that sucks.
Limp mode is not new in cars. My '92 Saturn SC would go into limp mode if the system voltage dropped below 10.2 volts. It would lock the transaxle in 2nd gear and throw a warning light on the dash.
 
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