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Old 08-06-2009, 01:41 PM
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brakes arent working right

ok my brakes arent working properly and im losing brake fluid out of the reservoir. ive lost a decent amount these past few days.i have a new master cylinder and a new reservoir on it and its still messed up. whats wierd is i went on vacation for 2 weeks and when i got back the brakes were working like normal but just started messing up again recently. and there seems to be fluid on the steering column not on the inside of the car but the part under the hood. so where is it leaking from? its unsafe and annoying because this is my daily driver. all your help is greatly appreciated. thank you

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Old 08-06-2009, 05:28 PM
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ok my brakes arent working properly and im losing brake fluid out of the reservoir. ive lost a decent amount these past few days.i have a new master cylinder and a new reservoir on it and its still messed up. whats wierd is i went on vacation for 2 weeks and when i got back the brakes were working like normal but just started messing up again recently. and there seems to be fluid on the steering column not on the inside of the car but the part under the hood. so where is it leaking from? its unsafe and annoying because this is my daily driver. all your help is greatly appreciated. thank you
I would start by cleaning off the fluid you can see. Fill the cylinder, have someone step on teh pedal and see where the fluid is going. COuld be a pinhole in a line or a bad connection on the master. The key is to get everything nice and clean then find out where the leak is.
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Old 08-07-2009, 02:07 PM
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ok my brakes arent working properly and im losing brake fluid out of the reservoir.
The reservoir has grommets that make the connection to the MC fluid-tight. If these grommets/seals are damaged (like when a MC is changed out- you have to remove the reservoir from the old MC and mount it onto the new MC) they can leak.

The fluid on the steering column or shaft under the hood is likely just from brake fluid leaking then dripping from some point- onto the steering parts.

Do what T-bucket23 said, about drying off the MC- and see if the fittings or the grommets/seals are leaking. Be sure you don't let the MC run out of fluid until you find the problem.
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