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Brake system function
Porsche cars are equipped with a power assisted hydraulic dual circuit brake system with disk brakes at the front and rear.
Both circuits function independently. One brake circuit operates the front left and rear right wheel and the other operates the front right and rear left wheel.
If one brake circuit has failed, the other will still operate. However, you will notice an increased pedal travel when you apply the brakes. Failure of one brake circuit will cause the stopping distance to increase.
Responding to warning symbols
The functionality of the brake system warning light can be checked by switching the ignition to the “On” position (position 1) and verifying that the warning light illuminates.
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The warning light in the instrument panel lights up. A message will be displayed on the multi-function display of the instrument panel if the brake fluid level is too low, or (if the brake pedal travel has increased) one of the two brake circuits has failed.
A greater braking pressure will be required, stopping distances will be longer and the braking behavior will change, particularly in curves.
Brake pedal and brake booster
Unsuitable or incorrectly secured floor mats and other objects can restrict the movement of the pedals or interfere with operation of the pedals.
Absence of brake power assistance
The brake booster is only operative when the engine is running. Consequently, much greater force needs to be applied to the pedal during braking when the engine is switched off or in the event of a faulty brake booster.
Water film on the brake disk
In heavy rain, while driving through water or after leaving a car wash, the braking action may be delayed and increased pressure may be required.
Reduced braking action
Following a long drive over salted or gritted roads, a coating may form on the brake disks and pads that significantly reduces friction and therefore the effectiveness of the brakes.
The brake disks will inevitably begin to corrode if your vehicle is parked for an extended period, resulting in a tendency for the brakes to "judder".
For Information on brake fluid and checking the brake fluid level:
With correctly adjusted brakes and a correctly working brake system, the pedal travel to the point of brake application (start of brake pressure build-up) should not be longer than 10 mm.