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Leaking brake fluid from rear driver side wheel area. Whats the problem and fix? Thanks.

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The wheel cylinder has a defective seal, and is leaking. A common problem due to age. Inspect the brake lines also and replace if needed. When you replace one wheel cylinder, replace the brakes and do the other side at the same time.

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