Well I have a '96 Ford Taurus and it has the same leak in exact location. Why the heck does FOrd make such **** lines and out of steel which is not covered well to protect from external weather effect. Damn Ford engineers. Well the easiest solution it to look for a similar vehicle with a brake line that is not rusted out and hopefully one that has no hole. Then remove all the fasteners and switch it with your bad one. This is easier than buying new pipes and bending them to fit your bad one......try it.
My brake fluid leaks out (or i noticed it dripping out. a 3 or 4 mile drive is enough to just about empty the brake fluid resivior). for the first time in years i used the hand brake and thats when i noticed the fluid leaking. its a 1998 taurus. my problem appears to be same as jameve's post of 5/25/08. anyone offer any help regarding this? email@example.com i have seen no posted solution on this?
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if you have fluid leaking where you say, then I would suggest you get a new master cylinder or if you can a repair kit (don't think you can get these now though). the fluid is getting past the seals in the main cylinder that is connected to the brake peddle, any leak here is dangerous as it can lead to sudden loss of brakes.
If you have no evidence of leaking outside the drum, most likely your brake piston is leaking or the drive shaft seal is leaking. Pull off the drum and look for the piston which spreads the two brake pads normally situated at the top. Inspect for leaks. If the fluid is thin, it is most likely brake fluid. If it is heavier like oil and really stinks, it is gear oil from a leaking seal.
If the brake master cylinder is full with approved DOT 3 brake fluid and the vacuum line that attaches to the brake booster is in place and not leaking or disconnected at either end, check for leaking fluid on all 4 tires, if you find no fluid at the tires indicating a caliper is leaking then the problem is the master cylinder being bad.
Pull the pump forward, then disconnect and plug the pressure tubes.
NOTE: Place a rag under the pressure tubes to contain any excess power steering fluid.
Remove the engine mount, and remove the pump.
NOTE: To remove the engine mount, support the engine with a suitable jack by the oil pan. Make sure to use a thin piece of wood on the jack pad to disperse the weight and prevent oil pan damage. To install:
Position the pump and install the engine mount. Tighten the engine support-to-mount bolts to 96 ft. lbs. (130 Nm). Tighten the engine mount-to-body bolts to 49 ft. lbs. (66 Nm) and the nut to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm), and remove the jack from the oil pan.
Unplug and connect the pressure tubes.
Install the serpentine drive belt.
Fill the power steering pump reservoir with the proper type and amount of fluid. Bleed the power steering system.
Connect the negative battery cable and check for leaks.
You need to completely inspect your brakes to find the leak. It could be the master cylinder, a brake line, a leaking connection, a leaking piston on a caliper, or a leaking wheel cylinder. All of these are fairly obvious as they will either be wet, soaked, or dripping brake fluid.
is it your oil line going up to the oil guage if it's a manual guage it will have a small plastic line running to it otherwise an electric 1 wouldn't be leaking . if it's not that then mayby transmission fluid coming up the speedo cable could be a 20 cent o ring , if your lucky . that's all i can see leaking oil on that car
This is most likely a busted or separated line that is connected to the brake housing(on the front tire assembly). inspect the line for a tight fit. replace the line and coupler if found to be defective.