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BMW just announced a voluntary recall of 76,190 2012-14 cars over fears of a possible loss of power breaking. Models affected are the 3-Series, 5-Series, X1, X3, Z4 models built between May 2012 and August 2013 and equipped with the N20 or N26 turbo four-cylinder motors.

The issue has to do with a potential restriction of oil supply from the intake camshaft to the vacuum pump. If the pump were to fail, the driver would experience a sudden loss of power braking assist. Applying normal pressure to the brake pedal would then result in vastly increased braking distances.

There is no fix at the moment, but BMW is working on it, of course. BMW wants owners to continue to drive their vehicles until a recall notice is sent to owners in December; however, if drivers experience any loss of braking ability BMW recommends that they pull over immediately.
 

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BMW just announced a voluntary recall of 76,190 2012-14 cars over fears of a possible loss of power breaking. Models affected are the 3-Series, 5-Series, X1, X3, Z4 models built between May 2012 and August 2013 and equipped with the N20 or N26 turbo four-cylinder motors.

The issue has to do with a potential restriction of oil supply from the intake camshaft to the vacuum pump. If the pump were to fail, the driver would experience a sudden loss of power braking assist. Applying normal pressure to the brake pedal would then result in vastly increased braking distances.

There is no fix at the moment, but BMW is working on it, of course. BMW wants owners to continue to drive their vehicles until a recall notice is sent to owners in December; however, if drivers experience any loss of braking ability BMW recommends that they pull over immediately.
The fix is stamp the brake harder. Loss of power assist braking is not loss of braking. While recal worthy sure, its not catastrophic or even that hazardous. Its like losing your power steering and crying the car wont turn. No it turns, it just takes more effort.

TBH i think power steering and brakes are one of the reasons people are getting more and more distracted driving. Before when allt hat was manual, it was harder work to drive. You're mind didn't have time to wander or text, it was busy driving...
 
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