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Hi All,

I am new here. I purchased the Bentley referenced above with 33K miles in 2013. Have only put 5K miles on it since then. Apprehensive to drive it now since I had to replace the windshield due to a stone strike from an 18 wheeler on a highway. That cost $4000 and 4 months to fix. I do drive the car 2x/month to keep things moving.

My new problem involves the brakes. They are very unresponsive now and I must depress the pedal, fully, just to slow the car. Brought it to a good mechanic today (not the dealer) for an opinion. They suspect that there might be air in brake lines ... I suspected the same. However, they didn't have mineral oil hydraulic fluid. I will return with 5 Liters of the stuff next week - finger crossed.

If that doesn't work, I may need various parts (still unknown) for the braking system. I've searched the Internet and it appears that EBAY may be my best vendor for parts.

Can you folks suggest any other parts Vendors for my 1999 Bently Azure Convertible?

Thanks, in advance.

Lou
 

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Lou,

Introcar is in the UK but offers blazing fast shipping (usually to my door in Texas within 3 days). You'll need LHM+ for brake fluid and all they need to do to bleed them is to press the brake pedal and open the bleeders (no pumping).

Good luck and welcome.
 

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Stay away from eBay. Most is Chinese copy stuff sold at low prices. Contact Alber's in Zionsville USA for your needs. Thay are one of the oldest dealers and no longer sell cars and extremely knowledgeable parts and service staff. Advice, your local mechanic, although knowledge about US and plug in and diagnose cars will be unfamiliar with the Azure and that's where the rabbit hole begins at your expense. This happens very often.
 

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Thanks everyone! Felt really alone and abandoned out here. Great advice.
I did find an LHM+ hydraulic mineral oil on Amazon. Ordered (4) Liters as I already had (1). Hope (5) is enough. Is this stuff okay? I'll check out those websites too. Thanks again. Regards, Lou

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Hi Everyone,
Quick update. Had my mechanic bleed my brake system. Took him 4+ hours. Used the mineral oil you folks suggested. It was just air in the lines. It was wonderful to have brakes again! Great relief !!

Also, another question please? Does anyone know what "Air Bag ... Pre-Tensioner" on my display means? Is this a major issue? I think the Bentley Dealer told me that this warning would disappear with more driving time. He said that will also eliminate the "Engine" light warning. The "Engine" light did go out when I drove more than 40 miles in one clip.

Thanks for any help here.
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Hi,
Still not sure how to Post new messages/inquiries on this Forum yet. Taking a change with this 'click'
Anyway, if anyone knows what the warning light "Air Bag-PreTensioner" means, please enlighten me.
Also, Red "Engine" light is always on. Bentley dealer once told me that I don't drive the car enough and that if I take
a long ride (or 2), the light should go out. Does that work?
Thanks in advance for any input.
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Poor advice from the Bentley dealer. If the red check engine light is on as you say, it would be prudent to figure out what triggered the light before proceeding.....unless you like to flirt with disaster...ignore it.

Google....airbag pretensioner for your answer on this one. Hint..It has to do with seatbelts.
 

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Engine red light should be considered indeed.
Have you started the car with old booster, or started another car or start with a low battery.
Maybe Bentley did it.
In any case, with those 2 lights, you should find a "serious "Bentley specialist who has a Mastercheck and ask him to plug it.
Ask your dealer to write you officially what he says to drive the car with red light, like this in case of serious engine issue you could face his responsability.
It could be nothing, but not sure that will go away just driving.
In any case, because of the cost of those cars, engine, red light justify a mastercheck or a professional scan at least.
 

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The airbag lamp is not critical. There is a seatbelt sensor responsible for setting the distance between the seatbelt and passenger dash airbag for safe operation in case of impact.
The check engine light covers a lot of possible causes.
 

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It's probably the circuit on the seat belt pre tensioner that's throwing an error. This could happen when the airbag deploys to pull the belt close to you but it could also just fail. The side airbags deployed on my Arnage which actually caused the pre tensioner in the belt buckle to deploy. I sent it off to a company in MA to get it rebuilt. They advertised on ebay.
 

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Thanks everyone for taking the time to explain these issues and their potential consequences.
I will pass on the info to my mechanic for next week's appointment.

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Lou
 

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Hi All,
Still not sure if I'm posting my query correctly. Can't find an icon to ask a new question, so I am jumping off my previous thread.
Anyway, there was air in the brake lines as some of you suggested. Bought the new Mineral Oil to the mechanic and he flushed out the lines. Brakes work great now!
It turns out that the "Engine Light" on issue was connected to a bad spark plug. Then I had to drive the car in order for the computer to reset. That happened after a few days.
I think I need new shock absorbers, not sure. It just seems that it's a hard ride, especially when I hit imperfections on the road surface. My mechanic cannot locate shocks, so far. He does think that only OEM shocks should be used. Is that right or can I replace the original shocks with a properly-sized American brand? If I need Bentley shocks, where on earth can I purchase them and, importantly, how much should they cost?

Any input is much appreciated.
Thanks,
Lou
 

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Lou,

You can start new threads by clicking on the "create post" icon that's at the top right off the screen in whichever forum section that you want to post in. You'll have to be in the correct forum section so that you can post

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WRT to your specific question, search threads for 'active ride' and you should find some results.
 

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I don't know if the shocks were/are the problem; I merely assumed that a harder ride was consequential to worn out shocks. I wasn't even aware of this "gas spring" issue and that it's related to maintenance as opposed to replacement. Thanks so much for taking the time to offer me additional insight.
Lou
 
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