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Brake fluid

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Cemetery, 2 Feb 2006.

  1. Cemetery

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,900

    I have a feeling that my brake fluid is leaking. I got it topped up earlier this month & told to keep an eye on it & it is down to about halfway between the max & min marks. When the guy at the garage topped it up he had a brief scrabble around looking under the car & couldn't see of feel any leaks but given the fact it is dropping I am quite sure that there is one somewhere. Any ideas how much it is likely to cost me when I get my car put in? Hoping that the brake fluid will last until the weekend :)
     
  2. blueboy2001

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,881

    Brake fluid shouldn't just disappear, so you probably do have a minor leak somewhere. If your car has rear drums it might just be the cylinders weeping a touch, which is about £50 or so a side to put right. I doubt you have a leak in the pipework anywhere because the rate of loss would be much higher.
     
  3. Lowe

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,155

    Location: Newcastle Under Lyme

    You wanna get this sorted quick smart mate. Brake fluid is corrosive to paint, not to mention slippery so if a cylinder's leaking and it's all over your brake discs.. doesn't bear thinking about. More than likely if you've got shoes on the rear a cylinder's weeping, or a brake pipe has corroded or took a stone chip and cracked. Get it sorted! Shouldn't cost too much to sort out depending on the car. :)
     
  4. Cemetery

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,900

    Ah not so bad potentially then. Nice one.
     
  5. ShakenNstirred

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,853

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    the brake fluid level does go down as the brake pads wearout, because the pistons are out of the cylinder`s more

    if it has a leak its more than likely a weeping seal on a cylinder
     
  6. Cemetery

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,900

    Well turns out there is a problem with the gearbox as I am having to take it back in on Thursday for it to be removed :eek: :(

    Cannot actually remember exactly what I was told in brief just that it is a big job requiring the gearbox being removed & now I know it is gonna cost a load :mad: :(

    bloody cars :(
     
  7. Cemetery

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,900

    FYI twas the slave clutch cylinder leaking the break fluid so that has all been replaced now (by all I mean new cluctch kit & cylinder. Car feels really really strange to drive now though because theclutch is so different :rolleyes: :p

    Cheers for the suggestions.