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My brakes have felt noticably unresponsive in the terrential rain weve had lately. I wouldnt describe them as spongy - they feel just as firm under your foot.. they just dont brake as agressively as normal.
Thats one pf the drawbacks of having discs all-round. Lesser cars which have drums at the back brake better in the soaking wet British winter. After 50 yds in the rain the discs are wet through and wont bite nearly so well.
you could try some groved discs? these will clear the water better than standard discs but it could also be down to the combination of pads/discs that cause the problems (dont suffer as ive got a 2 piece groved disc set on me car )
I have to say that the difference is quite noticeable. Im sure theyll stop me just as well.. they probably just need a harder push. It means you have to re-calibrate your left foot. Worth remembering if you are used to braking later than the average bear!
If this is normal it seems a bit odd/unsafe to me.
I remember replying to someone elses post about this over a year ago - I tried finding it but it appears to be somewhere in the big 1274 page long thread that weve got titled "BenR question for ya?" (A bug methinks! )
A lot of people suffered from it, but it only seemed to be a problem at higher speeds (ie Motorways) where you go for a while before using the brakes. As adi mentioned, if you use the brakes (even briefly) then re-apply them they seem to bite much better the next time...
Ive had the chimps take a look at it, and they couldnt find anything wrong (unsurprisingly) and claimed no knowledge of similar problems.