NHTSA — Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Foundation Components: Master Cylinder Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,500 miles

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2004 Volvo S60 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Volvo S60 Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 222008

S60 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles


I was leaving ucla parking garage (I'm an rn there) when I put my Volvo 2004 S60 into gear and it took off backwards like a rocket, car was thrown into a concrete post far away from where I began. I immediately put car in park since I thought I'd get out and see what on earth happened, but it then lunged forward by itself and took off without stopping!!! thank god it was 6pm and not an hour earlier when many staff would have been in garage, I'd have run them over! I also turned off ignition with key, nothing helped!! it kept going along with a mind of its own at approx 15 mph making a growling whirring sound. I was able to steer car and avoid other vehicles but eventually had to make serious decision to purposely crash into another concrete massive post which I did and the "possessed beast". finally came to a halt with fluid pouring out all over, . my brakes did not work during this event, not at all, that's why I couldn't stop the car (along with foot on brake, tried putting car in park gear and turned off ignition key last August when I had only 22, 000 miles on car it took it to Volvo dealer twice, since car was often stalling and stopping on the street while I was driving. I was told they couldn't find it stalling when they test drove it but they mentioned they cleaned the throttle and said that could help (which it did until 2, 500 miles later when this happened. I have dealer paperwork indicating car stalling and that they cleaned throttle box also, they said I should be taking car on the freeway more at high enough speed to "blow off the carbon" I spent Friday night in er with neck/shoulder injuries, but this could have been a disaster. Forgot to mention that when I took car in for service July 2007 dealer replaced fuel pressure sensor as per recall. Don't know if this is significant. Also wrote on form "during inspection found upper engine mount collapsed, cause........ engine repair". updated 03-25-08 the dealer stated rear brake pads had to be replaced. Updated 03/25/08

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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