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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-04, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Brake fluid leaking

Hi i was driving around the other day in my EA and suddenly the brakes stopped functioning properly, it became extremely soft and i couldnt feel any pressure when i apply the brake ofcourse the car wasnt stopping straight away. pull the car over had a look at the brake fluid and almost all of it is gone. At first thought the master cylinder was dead but after topping it up with brake fluid its working fine again. So did a lot of looking to locate the leak and found out its coming outa the front right wheel, its only seeping out so its not leaking alot since i had the car serviced like 2 months ago it wouldve had the brake fluid topped up.

now to the problem what can cause the fluid to leak out of brakes? has anyone heard of or experience similar problems before?
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Where exactly from the front brake was the fluid coming from?
the line, the caliper?
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its from the caliper well thats what my mechanic told me he quoted me 350 for new calipers plus fitting!! yipes
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You would be better going to a brake specialist and getting exchange recond calipers.
I got quoted $120 for the front pair.
ANd they arnt hard to fit yourself and bleed the fluid.
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yeah ill be definately doing that. gonna go around to a few specialist and compare prices
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Re: Brake fluid leaking

Probably just a failed piston seal (or if the fluid wasn't regularly bled a corroded piston/bore). Buy a PBR piston overhaul kit from Repco.

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how much are those piston overhaul kits? wouldnt it be better to replace the calipers?
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Its just as easy to Exchange them at the brake places.
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Re: Brake fluid leaking

i think from memory the overhaul kits are worth around 20 bucks a side from ford

i did the ones in my EA and its not hard to do, the hardest bit is bleeding them by yourself! the rest is pretty straight forward

i think ive got another kit in the garage somewhere, but i see youre in sydney so may as well pick one up from ford

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Yes bleeding the brakes yourself takes great skill.
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