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Old July 28th, 2010, 10:52 PM
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Occasional drip from my rear caliper

I have a sporadic leak, a few drips once in a while from my rear driver side caliper. The caliper is off a 1997 Disco 1.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 08:53 AM
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If the housing isn't to rusty just put a rebuild kit in it and call it done.

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Old July 29th, 2010, 09:06 AM
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Any drip at all from your brake system is not something to put off. Get R done!
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Have you tried penicillin?
Seriously rebuild or replace your caliper.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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Rear calipers are so cheap I'd just replace it.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 06:46 AM
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Best place to get a rear caliper? Should I not drive it till fixed?
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Old July 30th, 2010, 10:39 AM
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You are rolling the dice with any brake fluid leak. a little bit of fluid out can also mean a little bit of air in. and brake use is much heavier in rolling around town versus a long highway trip (which means more brake fluid loss in same amount of time.

your brakes will eventually get softer and softer, and if you have a failure of the seal, one day in traffic you could find your pedal hitting the floor with no effect and resistance as you approach that traffic light.

If you have any alternative, regardless of convenience, Iwould take it.

Let me ask you this, what is the level of leak you see in the caliper now? In military terms, there are 3 levels.
  • Class I: visible moisture but no accumulation or drip
  • Class II: visible moisture with accumulation (hanging drip) but no visible drip on the ground
  • Class III: visible moisture on the ground
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Napa etc. sell rebuilds on exchange basis.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 11:38 AM
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Ab has them in stock for 119
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Its a class 2 drip
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Old July 30th, 2010, 01:54 PM
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I would say you should replace no later than next week. The moment you hit class III, don't drive it. That's my opinion.
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Thanks a lot I appreciate all that typing. That would be an hour for me.
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I'm starting to think it might from the axel?
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Old July 31st, 2010, 09:02 AM
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Is it oil or brake fluid, smell it and see. The caliper is up top so I don't see how you could be dripping oil from it unless everything was coated in oil back there.
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To be honest, I didn't look too close I just assumed it was the brake fluid, I had that problem with the old Axle. Whats the diff in smell?
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Gear oil has a nutty smell and color, brake fluid is thinner and clear.
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Gear oil has a nutty smell and color, brake fluid is thinner and clear.
But how does it taste?
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