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Brake Light On Problems of Volkswagen Passat - part 1



Volkswagen Passat owners have reported 99 problems related to brake light on (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 1
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

Car beeps and displays the abs light and the brake light. At first they appear and then disappear. On 6/12/2014 the abs is on each time I start the vehicle plus the brake light flashes throughout the duration of the drive. On two occurrences the traction control off light came on and remained on. The fear is that I have lost abs and traction control, and also that the e-brake or brakes will engage while in motion. Multiple occurrences of this have occurred in vw Passat forums and most suggest taking out the abs module and having it refurbished due to a hair sensor that goes faulty on the Passat. Many requests have been made to have this part recalled and fixed, I am adding my request to the other parties involved.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 2
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

Abs brake light comes on and the brake light keep flashing on and off.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 3
Failure Date: 03/15/2014

I took my car to volkswagon dealership to find out why my brake light was on and why my brakes would flutter at times when using them. I got estickmate that my brake resivour was bad and the sensor that it would be okay to drive till I got fixed in a week. I faxed my warrenty papers to dealership to find out to see what was covered. . On Saturday 5 days later when I was driving 35 miles an hour tried to stop and brake pedal went to floor had nothing to stop me but the car in front of me. I was issued a ticket had my car towed and I. Am having headachs and neck pain which I'm getting treated. . I don't feel as if that car was safe to ne driving. .

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 4
Failure Date: 01/18/2014

Electronic emergency brake fault; was driving on January 18,2014. My daughter was driving about 35 mph when this emergency brake light started flashing yellow. Also there was a red brake light that was flashing and beeping three times. She got the car under control mind you she is only 17 and she just bought this car from campus auto here in fort Dodge, IA on the 10th and he told her nothing was wrong with the car. Everything has went wrong with this car that can go wrong. She pulled over and read in her manual that with the beeping 3 times and the red light indicator said that she was suppose to get it to a trusted mechanic right away. So she did the Smart thing and called me to have the car taken to a mechanic. But what if she would have been on the highway and this would have happened. She would have lost control of this car on a highway. Please look into these Passat. There is something seriously wrong with them. Wheel bearings are bad in the rear. Fuel pump went bad. Coils burn. These are all dangerous things. Please help.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 5
Failure Date: 01/12/2014

I was traveling southbound on the maine turnpike at 55-60 mph due to some black ice in areas. Temp was 35°, conditions were clear, visibility good. After passing exit 75, without warning my vw Passat electronic parking brake engaging, causing my brakes to lock up and causing me to loose control of the vehicle, swerving side to side for approximately 50 yards. During this time, the parking brake light was flashing as well as a parking brake fault message on the dash was displayed. I was able to regain control of the vehicle and pull off to the shoulder. I put the vehicle in park, referred to my manual, which was no help. I got out of the vehicle, looked around it and then called a few people to discuss the problem. No one had ever heard of this issue before and I saw no obvious sign of error. This vehicle is equipped with an electronic parking brake button on the dash. I believe its electronic malfunction and a huge safety issue. If there would have been vehicles near mine, we would of collided. I had my daughter and her friend in the rear of the vehicle and we were all very scared during this entire incident. After 10 min of shut off, I restarted, the dash still display parking brake fault. I was able to manually disengage the braking brake. But the "fault" error on dash would not go away. I then operated the vehicle at 30-35 mph with hazards on to exit gray. I parked the vehicle at a local restaurant and turned off the vehicle for over 30 minutes. When I turned the vehicle back on the "fault" light had gone off and the vehicle seemed to be running ok. But I was unsure if I should venture further and took route 100 back to my home in lew. The next day I did not use the vehicle and called vw on mon after noting numerous vw forums with complaints of the same safety issue. Case #[xxx]. Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6).

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 6
Failure Date: 10/12/2013

Electronic emergency brake fault -- it is now the 3rd time my electronic emergency brake has failed (unable to disengage/release). The second time was last June of 2012 the dealer replaced the module, caliper, housing, wiring to the tune of $1800. Yesterday it happened again where the electronic switch was flashing and would not release and also the red brake light indicator in display was also flashing had car towed to dealer. I have read other complaints that have been posted and wondering why this has not been addressed with the manufacturer. It appears there is a safety concern with this electronic emergency brake design. There is something very wrong with this design. Please address this with the manufacturer as soon as possible. I can't afford to purchase a new car but at the same time have a concern for my safety.


car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 7
Failure Date: 05/20/2013

Abs module failure, abs light on brake light blinking and then asr light on, happens randomly, no specific reason, dry weather, humid, day or night. Still comes on randomly, no speeding, problem goes away when car is turned off.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 8
Failure Date: 11/22/2012

My 2000 vw Passat GLS wagon began exhibiting a flashing/beeping red brake light accompanied by a solid yellow abs and traction control light to indicate a failure in the abs system. Also at this time the information hud has "stop, brake fault, service manual" flashing. Upon further research with other owners of this vehicle, it has come to my attention that this failure is fairly common on 1998-2001 Passats, but no action has ever been taken by the manufacturer. I intend to have the abs module rebuilt and do the removal and installation work myself; the result should be around $220 out of pocket. However, many people who have sought dealership service work for this same problem have spent well in excess of $1,000. Given the apparent failure rate of this module and the fact that it is a core safety feature of the car, it is my opinion that it should be considered for recall (including compensation for those who have already made the repair). Thank you.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2003 Volkswagen Passat 9
Failure Date: 08/01/2012

The abs light comes on on the instrument panel followed by the brake light and sometimes the anti-skid indicator. . Read more...

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 10
Failure Date: 05/25/2012

This has happened 3 times now. My car beeps at me about 3-4 times & the abs & brake lights come on for a few seconds before turning off. From everything I have read online, its a problem with the abs module & this is a common problem in the Passat.


 
car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 11
Failure Date: 10/10/2011

I was driving down the road and stepped on my brakes. I noticed my car was not stopping and the brake was very low to the floor. I got so scared. Thank god I was going in a very very slow speed. My brake light came flashing on and beeping like crazy. This car seems to be a lemon lately. I already have issues when I start my car. At times it just doesnt start so I have to keep the key in the ignition and wait about 35 seconds and finally the car turns over. Also I have gray smoke that comes out of my tail pipe upon driving at times. Also my sun roof, the material got caught and its all ripped. And. . . . My oil disapears on me. I can put two new quarts of oil in my car with in two weeks its gone bone dry with no oil leaks. Very very weird. Can someone help me out. Are there any recalls for any of this. I already bought rotors, brake pads for the back brakes and buying calipers this week. Now this happens where I have no brakes. I am so depressed about this. Please help me! I could of gotten into a bad accident because my entire brake system failed on me today. Go Volkswagen. . . . Unreal. :(.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 12
Failure Date: 09/28/2011

When we bought it the abs light was on and brake light blinks, when baking up to the left it clicks.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 13
Failure Date: 06/01/2011

The contact owns a 2002 Volkswagen Passat. The contact stated that the brake light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local mechanic who diagnose that the abs module needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made a ware of the failure. The failure mileage was 230,000 and the current mileage was 277,000.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 14
Failure Date: 05/01/2011

Abs/asr/brake warning lights flashing and beeping. Message center says stop, brake fault. After having brakes replaced, I was told that the abs control unit is defective meaning that I have no abs function.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2004 Volkswagen Passat 15
Failure Date: 11/16/2010

Abs unit failure of 2004 vw Passat my abs module keeps flashing a brake failure on my dashboard. I don't know how safe it is to drive the car with a flashing brake light on the dash. Seeing how this should be a safety issue shouldn't the manufacture fix this brake problem under a recall?.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1998 Volkswagen Passat 16
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

Abs module appears to be faulty. Abs and brake light remain on/flashing. Loss of abs could cause collision, dealer wants $1000+ for the part and does not guarantee it will fix the problem.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 17
Failure Date: 09/06/2010

This just started happening to me and I was searching the web and it seems like it's a problem for a lot of people. About once every 20 minutes while I'm driving my 2002 Passat, the car beeps, and then the abs light comes on and the red brake light flashes. I loose a little of my braking power for a few seconds every time it happens.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 18
Failure Date: 05/04/2010

Abs/brake light comes on while driving. Took it to dealer and they did a scan found no problem with brakes. I have been reading on the net that a lot of people with the same yr are having problems with this. Even if fixed the abs light still comes on.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2001 Volkswagen Passat 19
Failure Date: 03/01/2010

After 130000 miles, 2001 vw Passat abs/brake light lights up at random and beeps 3 times while driving, no break depression necessary for this light to go off. Mechanic diagnoses as abs control module malfunction. This occurs multiple times during operation. Part to cost $635. 00 and labor and reprogram of new part totaling $900. 00. Diagnosis of the issue 100. 00. All together, $1000. 00. Part has not yet been replaced.

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car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 20
Failure Date: 08/15/2009

2000 vw Passat abs/brake lights on. Probably bad abs module.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 21
Failure Date: 06/11/2009

Abs/brake light indicator has began flashing while driving vehicle. I have taken car to have this viewed for safety concern & mechanics could note no failure w/ the abs. States this may be a malfunction & would need a new module. If the cause of these lights to continually stay on were due to any neglect of the car on my behalf I then would be more cooperative in remedying the situation, but as I have learned this is nothing to do w/anything I have caused rather than poor quality of this part. I have been advised not only could this lock my rear wheels in sudden stopping, but could happen when driving as well causing loss of control when steering the vehicle. Now I am required to fix a problem and an expensive one, that is not due to anything that I have caused, but rather the manufacturer. So at my expense I will have to fix their problem in order to maintain safety of my children and myself. This is not my problem and I do not feel as though I should have to repair this and would request something be done about this issue. As it is documented that I am not the only one troubled with this and yet there has not been anything done to help fix this problem. Does it take an actual accident or fatality to occur to have someone step in and get serious about getting this fixed? a bad abs module in all of these vehicles is just not a coincidence.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2000 Volkswagen Passat 22
Failure Date: 04/04/2009

Abs light come on while driving with a flashing brake light. . . . . Brakes are very touchy.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 23
Failure Date: 03/23/2009

I have a 1999 vw Passat. I had my brake pad replaced in March 2009, since that time my abs brake light came on and need to be replaced. In checking report for recall notice. I see were NHTSA. Dot. Gov. Has a report date August 2009, concerning a problem with long-term effect of abs in passenger cars and ltvs. It will cost me $200. And something dollars according to my mechanic.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 2002 Volkswagen Passat 24
Failure Date: 02/14/2009

When car is started the abs light goes on and the brake light flashes. The car drives but its always flashing the brake light.

car image   Brake Light On problem of the 1999 Volkswagen Passat 25
Failure Date: 02/02/2009

Abs control module: this complaint pertains to my 1999 vw Passat turbo. I have been experiencing the same issue thousands of others have. The abs and brake lights come on every time I drive the car. It is my understanding that this is a defect in the car and a serious safety issue as the abs system is not functioning properly.