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Break Fluid Leaking, empties every three days

I have a 2000 ford windstar van, and just recently the break fluid container was empty, noticed it after trying to stop and barely stopped and petal was to the floor. We checked into this a bit, neither one of us know anything about mechanics, but determined that the back drivers side tire had brake fluid all over the inside of the tire, and some brake fluid on the ground. We are sure it is a caliper, just from talking to a few people, but are not 100% sure. We keep filling the brake fluid every three days, and then have to pump the breaks alot to get any pressure in them, if we have to slam on the breaks the pressure disapears and the pedel goes to the floor and you can hear a noise coming from the brakes, but havent figured out from where exactly. I would really appreciate anyones help on this problem, like I said we are very clueless, and don't have the money to be able to just take it into a shop.

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  • cora29 Dec 19, 2008

    Hello , Thank you for responding to my question. We went out and checked all the tires and found that only the one back driver side tire was wet with brake fluid. So I guess this means it is the brake cylinder?? . If so how much does that part cost and how hard is it to repair, we will have to do it ourselves cause we cannot afford to take it into a shop. Is the cylinder the same as caliper, or something totally different?

    thanks again for responding to my question, we appreciate it.

  • cora29 Dec 19, 2008

    sorry wasn't sure how that rating thing worked...i just thought you were helpful so i choose the helpful button. I know for next time.



    Ok I will check into a wheel cylinder kit or a rebuilt one and yes i do know how to change brakes. I guess I will get the cylinder and go from there. I will respond on here once I get the cylinder.

    thanks..



    this time I clicked the fixya rating for you. :)

  • starcarrier Feb 27, 2009

    you can hear a noise coming from the brakes when you push the peddle hard, pulled the fuse for abs and it went away but now of course lights are on (abs and break) but havent figured out what exactly it is.

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You should be able to look around each tire and see where it is coming from, let me know if any of them have brake fluid on them, if so it is a brake cylinder leaking, if the leak is somewhere else than I may can help you with that, oh and when you do find the problem I can probably save you some money on the repairs.

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    David Johnson Dec 19, 2008

    Sir, I just ask you to vote fixya for my help, Of course I will help you anyway, You need to get a wheel cylinder kit for an autoparts store Cheapest, or buy a rebuilt one,,Pretty cheap too. You have to know enough to be able to change your brakes and I can help you further, even though you didn't help my rating..:(

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson Dec 19, 2008

    God bless, Hope I can help you further, let me know what price you get for the cylinder, I might can help you save more on it. Merry Christmas and thank you!

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