XH, First thing is i highly doubt your brakes are leaking fluid. As the pads wear the piston takes the float hence the fluid goes down on the reservoir. When you put a set of new pads it should go back up to original level maybe a tad less.
I must admit i tend to top up the brake fluid so i know theres ample fluid for the brakes to work to it's potential. But when i change the pads i make sure that some of the fluid is taken out to prevent spillage.
About mixing brake fluid it's all good just make sure it's the same DOT rating either DOT3 or 4 don't mix the different DOT rating together. The colour of the fluid is a dye.
I use the Castrol stuff which is clear.
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Thanks all very much for your reply's, much appreciated :s4
While checking all the brake pads (which seem to be ample 3-4mm on most) I noticed a broken hose which connects to the brake lines sitting on top of the diff. I presume this is where all my fluid went :crazy1: When I get my digi cam back I'll post a pic of where I mean.
While I had the wheels off I checked the operation of all the calliper pistons which were all good. While trying to take off one of the wheels I found a wheel nut which had been cross-threaded (curses wheel places and their air guns) which made things fun :crazy1:
So all I've got to do now is get some fluid that is the same type or DOT rating.
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