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Old 11-27-2005, 10:01   #1 (permalink)
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New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

It looks like one of my recently replaced brake cylinders (full set +
pads installled <1000 miles ago) has sprung a leak. I need to get it
sorted ASAP for a long trip. Is it likely I'll need another new
cylinder, or are there other common failures that are easy to spot and
to fix? I don't have the tools or skills to DIY the cylinder itself.

It's definitely leaking over the tyre into the road, while the car is
stationary. I presumed it was coming from inside the drum, but thinking
about it I guess a leaking hose would have the same effect (no push to
the cylinder= no braking=pull to the right).

I'm curious: does this suggest the job was done badly last time, or am
I just unlucky?

Thanks

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Old 11-27-2005, 12:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3


"ChelseaTractor" <junk@made-interactive.com> wrote in message
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> It looks like one of my recently replaced brake cylinders (full set +
> pads installled <1000 miles ago) has sprung a leak. I need to get it
> sorted ASAP for a long trip. Is it likely I'll need another new
> cylinder, or are there other common failures that are easy to spot and
> to fix? I don't have the tools or skills to DIY the cylinder itself.
>
> It's definitely leaking over the tyre into the road, while the car is
> stationary. I presumed it was coming from inside the drum, but thinking
> about it I guess a leaking hose would have the same effect (no push to
> the cylinder= no braking=pull to the right).
>
> I'm curious: does this suggest the job was done badly last time, or am
> I just unlucky?
>
> Thanks

no way it could be the ep90 leaking out past the cv seal? I was playing
with a Rangie last month and it was dribbling out nicely (and contaminating
the disc arggh )
Derek


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Old 11-27-2005, 12:02   #3 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

Could be. All I can see is that the back part of the drum assembly is
wet with fluid at and around the bleed nipple and mounting bolts of the
lower cylinder. Is that easier to fix?

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Old 11-27-2005, 15:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

you can smell it, brake fluid smells not like oil

"ChelseaTractor" <junk@made-interactive.com> schreef in bericht
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> Could be. All I can see is that the back part of the drum assembly is
> wet with fluid at and around the bleed nipple and mounting bolts of the
> lower cylinder. Is that easier to fix?
>



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Old 11-27-2005, 15:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3


"Fred Huge" <fred.huge@wanadoo.nl> wrote in message
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> you can smell it, brake fluid smells not like oil

Yeah, EP 90 smells a bit like cats pee. Could it be just a loose nipple?
TonyB
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Old 11-27-2005, 15:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

Oh, I forgot: also, the fluid reservoir is almost at the Minimum
line... :-(

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Old 11-27-2005, 15:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

On 27 Nov 2005 09:23:06 -0800, "ChelseaTractor"
<junk@made-interactive.com> wrote:

>It looks like one of my recently replaced brake cylinders (full set +
>pads installled <1000 miles ago) has sprung a leak. I need to get it
>sorted ASAP for a long trip. Is it likely I'll need another new
>cylinder, or are there other common failures that are easy to spot and
>to fix? I don't have the tools or skills to DIY the cylinder itself.
>
>It's definitely leaking over the tyre into the road, while the car is
>stationary. I presumed it was coming from inside the drum, but thinking
>about it I guess a leaking hose would have the same effect (no push to
>the cylinder= no braking=pull to the right).
>
>I'm curious: does this suggest the job was done badly last time, or am
>I just unlucky?
>


Have you checked it's not the bleed nipple or hose that have come
loose? If it's leaking on a new wheel cylinder after 1000 miles then
it sounds like you've either got a dodgy cylinder, or you've bought
(had fitted) cheap pattern parts, which i find have a failure rate of
about 25%. (Which is why i buy genuine brake parts, not pattern)

Alex
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Old 11-28-2005, 17:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

On 27 Nov 2005 14:11:39 -0800, "ChelseaTractor"
<junk@made-interactive.com> wrote:

>Oh, I forgot: also, the fluid reservoir is almost at the Minimum
>line... :-(


Thats a good giveaway about what it could be!

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Old 12-14-2005, 03:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: New-ish brakes leaking, cylinder failure? - Series 3

Alex was right - cheap parts. Trying not to remember how much I paid
the muppet to fit them. He also put the shoes on wrong.

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