2017 Volkswagen Passat Low Brake Fluid Warning
Updated Thursday Aug 31, 2017
The brake fluid level may decrease in the brake fluid reservoir due to a problem with brake line flare on 2017 VW Passat. If this happens the low brake fluid warning light will turn on. This problem can cause an accident if ignored because your car will require a longer distance to stop. This increases the risk of causing a rear end accident.Back to top
If your Volkswagen Passat illuminates the low brake fluid warning light, have your car checked as soon as possible. The main cause for this problem is that the end flares for the brake lines weren't properly manufactured and won't create a proper seal. The brake lines slowly leak over time at the brake fluid reservoir or the brake caliper. These brake lines were manufactured by Sanoh America Inc located in the United States1. There is a recall covering certain VW Passats. If your VW is part of the 47N3 recall2, your dealer should fix this problem free of charge. Approximately 1000 Passats were affected by this recall.Back to top
- Low brake fluid warning light on
- Brake fluid leak
- Decreased braking power
- Leaking brake lines
3. How to identify
- 2017 Volkswagen Passat
Check if there are any recalls by VIN.
- Go to Volkswagen home page.
- Click on Lookup Recalls link
- Locate Recall/Service Campaign Lookup Tool
- Enter the VIN number or your car
Most of the cars with this problem had VINs starting with 1VWCT7A37HC049175 and ending with 1VWDT7A30HC053637. According to VW it doesn't mean that if your VIN falls within this range you have this problem.
VW manufactured after January 2017 should not be affected by this problem.Back to top
4. How is this fixed
To fix this problem replace the defective VW brake lines with new brake lines that have properly manufactured flares. Parts that need to be replaced have these part numbers:
Typical lines that need to be replaced include the left front brake line and the right rear brake line. Instructions on how to replace the brake lines can be found here.
Below is a list of tools that will need to be used to perform this repair. Detailed tool list can be seen here.
|Brake Bleeding Tool Set|
|Brake Charger Bleedern Unit|
|Digita Torque Wrench|
|Engine Gearbox Jack -VAS6931|
|Engine Bung Set -VAS6122|
|Engine / Gearbox Jack Adapter WheeHub|
|Hose Clamp Pliers -VA6340|
|Locating Pin T10096|
|Oi Drai Pan|
|Pry Lever -80-200|
|Puller Ball joint -T10187|
|Subrame Locking Pin|
5. How to contact dealer
You should contact your local VW dealer to address this problem.
Click here to locate the nearest VW dealer.
If you still have concerns contact VW headquarters by calling 1-800-893-5298Back to top
- Part 573 Safety Recall Report 17V-075
- Safety Recall 47N3 – Brake Lines Certain 2017 Model Year Volkswagen Passat
- Safety Recall Code: 47N3
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The end flares for the brake lines were not manufactured properly or has damage. The brake lines didn't seal properly and allowed brake fluid to leak.