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Driver's side rear wheel leaking brake fluid and has a rattling noise. what could this be?

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The fluid is most likely a leaking shock absorber. the rattling is the loss of fluid charge and most likely occurs going over bumps. I recommend that both be replaced.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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Wheel cylinder needs replacing; rattle may be coming from broken wheel cylinder; consult your local mechanic, or if you are mechanically inclined., DIY. :-)

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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