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Unread 10-28-2014, 09:21 AM   #1
kllrbee
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Rear passenger wheel/brake leak

Hey guys
There is a leak on the passenger side rear brake/wheel. I cant tell if its brake or diff fluid cuz its not a dripping leak....its just kind of caked onto the back of the wheel and plate. Im thinking wheel cylinder or axle seal. Any advice on how to determine which one before I dig in? I havent done any work on drum brakes for a long time so I forgot whether or not a leaking cylinder will be obvious from visual inspection. And ive never dealt with an axle seal so dont know what to look for at all.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 10:00 AM   #2
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Smell the fluid... Real nasty is gear oil, nothing to a slight metal smell, brake.

But in case your sniffer not work, pop drum off and look. You will see the problem real quick
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Unread 10-28-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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Thnx...its hard to tell cuz its not very liquid like. Its just caked onto the area. FWIW, there is no smell. And if it matters, its only on half of the plate....the side where e brake goes in.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 11:44 AM   #4
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brake most likely. go ahead and get a big container of brake fluid and when you swap the wheel cylinder to both sides and if the brakes not new do those too. And flush the brake system...
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