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Brakes were changed by a mechanic friend and now there is an oil leak from front passenger hub,

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  • alohawally Jul 16, 2009

    My husband seems to think it's oil. I did check brake fluid res and doesn't seem to be losing any.

  • Joel Friedenberg May 11, 2010

    Are you certain it's oil, or is it brake fluid that's leaking?



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Not it brake fluid? mark your brake fluid reservoir and observe if it is loosing fluid....... How do the brakes feel? Is it oil? he should not have touched or done anything to make oil start leaking......where did he jack the car up from? did he hurt it jacking it up?
is this differential oil? hope not. if it's brake fluid, he may have overextended or hurt o-rings in caliper? Is it disc brakes in front?

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