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jwscott 10-08-2008 07:49 PM

Brake problem
On cold start up after sitting all night the brake booster is very slow to work on my V40 (2001). It takes as long as a minute or so before the power assist for the brakes comes on. Once it starts working for the day, it seems to be fine. Is this a vacuum leak? or what should I be looking for. The bake fluid level is fine.

tech 10-08-2008 08:56 PM

RE: Brake problem
If you look where the valve/hose attaches to the booster that valve is usually what goes bad.
But you have to buy the line for the valve.
Or also check the relay for the vacuum pump.

ArizonaV40 04-29-2009 08:46 PM

I'm having a similar problem. Sometimes at the end of the day it's ok, but every morning and some evenings on cold startup it's almost impossible to hold the car stationary in reverse or drive at first. One minute down the road I don't have a problem stopping.

Some other data points:
- Vacuum booster fuse was blown when I bought the car, I replaced and it is ok so far
- I also suspected the booster pump relay and replaced that but it made no difference
- I believe I am hearing the vacuum pump when I have the bad brakes, but no other time (sounds similar to a car auto-leveling pump--not the same as ABS chattering)
- ABS indicator is normal - turns on then off with other warning lights at "ignition on"
- I haven't tried activating the ABS yet (i.e. slam on brakes), I probably should
- Giving the car a few seconds to warm up and pumping the brakes before leaving the driveway doesn't make a difference
- Vacuum lines appear to be fine, little bit of looseness and visible grease where check valve attaches to booster (the big UFO saucer thing), also a little looseness where vacuum line attaches to engine - I assume this is all normal

How does this brake booster check valve work and why would it only be a problem when I'm starting out? Autozone sells generic check valves for $5 but I have no idea how I could use that because I only have a basic understanding of the system's operation and it appears that this system is more complex than a simple valve with an "in" and an "out". I'm hesitant to pay a lot for a new Volvo check valve assembly unless I'm sure it's the problem. Can you offer any advice?

dutch connection 05-20-2009 11:19 AM

brake problem
I have the same issue with my V40 2000. Does anyone have a part number and correct part name?

Dutch Connection

uepete 07-25-2009 06:46 PM

The 200-200x Volvo V40's had a defect/recall effort on this problem. Go to and do a search for your car.


uepete 07-25-2009 06:54 PM

The 200-200x Volvo V40's had a defect/recall effort on this problem. Go to and do a search for your car.


jwscott 08-04-2009 02:00 PM

Same problem
I need some new ideas on the brake problem (see my above post). I replaced the engine to booster vacuum line ($140+ at the stealers), but I still have the problem. After the car has sat all night, there is no brake boost for 2 or 3 minutes of running. The problem does not occur during the day when it sits for less than 4 hours or so. Could there be another vacuum leak somewhere, and where should I begin looking?

matt14 08-04-2009 11:22 PM

Brake booster check valve. Common problem as stated by tech.

jwscott 08-05-2009 01:17 PM

Originally Posted by matt14 (Post 174524)
Brake booster check valve. Common problem as stated by tech.

Reread my post. The line I replaced includes the brake booster check valve. All new. Same problem.

VolvoC 01-10-2018 01:43 PM

jwscott, Arizona V40 did you ever get this working? I have the same problem.

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