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Old 06-13-2005, 05:58 PM   #1
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Still dripping some brake fluid

After getting a GT! caliper and my car running (and stopping) again, I'm still dripping a little brake fluid. I'm keeping an eye on the reservoir and I'm not seeing any drop, but I do see brake fluid in my garage and on my driveway where I parked. It's definitely brake fluid, no doubt about it.

Should I just take the wheel off and tighten up the banjo bolt? What else could be dripping fluid from the right front brake setup? I'm already kinda iffy about me messing w/ that bolt again, cuz I stripped the original caliper, and that's why we had to get a new one...
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After getting a GT! caliper and my car running (and stopping) again, I'm still dripping a little brake fluid. I'm keeping an eye on the reservoir and I'm not seeing any drop, but I do see brake fluid in my garage and on my driveway where I parked. It's definitely brake fluid, no doubt about it.

Should I just take the wheel off and tighten up the banjo bolt? What else could be dripping fluid from the right front brake setup? I'm already kinda iffy about me messing w/ that bolt again, cuz I stripped the original caliper, and that's why we had to get a new one...
you striped a calipers threads and thats why you got a new one? Helicoil would have saved you some cash.
take off the wheel and check where it is coming from, since you replaced the caliper maybe the line is not on correctly.
but check where it seems to be coming from when you take off the wheel, how was your line? was it cracked at all?
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you striped a calipers threads and thats why you got a new one? Helicoil would have saved you some cash.
take off the wheel and check where it is coming from, since you replaced the caliper maybe the line is not on correctly.
but check where it seems to be coming from when you take off the wheel, how was your line? was it cracked at all?
I did rent a helicoil kit, didn't work. Cost me $80, and when I returned it, they gave me $80 in cash.

I didn't notice the line being cracked anywhere or anything, I didn't bolt it up the 2nd time, I let brad fool with it. I wasn't about to **** up another caliper.
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I did rent a helicoil kit, didn't work. Cost me $80, and when I returned it, they gave me $80 in cash.

I didn't notice the line being cracked anywhere or anything, I didn't bolt it up the 2nd time, I let brad fool with it. I wasn't about to **** up another caliper.
how come the heli coil didnt work?
well then just egt under there and check where its leaking from. i cant tel you where its leaking from from my computer... sorry.
it should be easy to check man, hell maybe its something simple like the line not being tight.
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We could make some new threads, they just weren't good enough to get a good hold on the banjo bolt. I don't think the thread patterns lined up perfectly anyways. It only cost me $30 some odd dollars, which was fine w/ me.

I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't anything I was going to overlook when I got out there and got in the brakes.

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sounds to me that the banjo bolt is not tight enough cuz its the only bolt we messed with, but.... you may have some fluid here and there leaking so dont mess with it just yet... make sure its snut if you want but give it a little more to see if it clears up. If you are losing fluid then its definatly a leak and not just fluid that is leaking out that perhaps built up here and there.... the banjo bolt doesnt need much tq, only liek 35ftlbs which aint much. If you can confirm that is the problem just snug it down good.
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I think I'll go jack it up and check it, I'm afraid to torque it too much...

I figure after 45 min of interstate driving and going to work and back today and riding around Brent's neighborhood for a while, anything residual would have dripped off.

Hell, I flung some weights off today of my wheel, I'd be shocked if fluid was still hanging on!
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well you can tighten up the bolt... if its snug on there you shouldnt have a problem, the reason you striped it out was probably due with threading it wrong to begin with~

Just put a little tq on it and see if that fixes it, if not add a little more, or take it some where and have em check it.
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tighening it a little more wont hurt, like spector said you prolly just cross threaded it the first time.
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Alright, I got maybe a 1/4 turn out of it. I shouldn't have to worry about bleeding them again, right? I did not remove the bolt, just tightened it.

Before I got to work, I took the wheel off and pressurized the brakes really good, and stood on the brakes for a min, I did get about 2 drops of fluid. The whole bottom of that box was wet.

Now that I've tightened it, I don't get any more fluid by doing that. I just want to know if I need to re-bleed them or not.
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nah you dont need to rebleed them as long as the brake peddle feels nice and firm.
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They felt nice and firm yesterday... lol.
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they should still feel pretty good unless you have a decent sized leak
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They felt nice and firm yesterday... lol.
Yea though the only reason to bleed the brake system is to remove any air in the lines. If you had air in the lines the pedal would be soft and sink down more than usual.
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OK, all done. They've felt fine ever since it rolled out of Brent's garage on it's own power yesterday, I was just saying that that wasn't enough of an indication for me, haha.

I got a little over a 1/4 turn, it's nice and snug now. I felt back behind the box, and from the point where that bolt is down, it was coated in brake fluid. I wiped all that mess off then I tightened it and pumped the brakes some more, and let it sit for a while. After a while of being pressurized, it was still dry as a bone, so I'm a little more satisfied now.

Everything is mounted back up and she looks damn sexy.

Thanks for the help. I didn't think I'd need to bleed them, but I didn't wanna run any risks.
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Ha sorry I didn't tighten it down more Nick..glad to hear all is well now.
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Hey, you and brent both sat on your asses not knowing an idea of what to do lol.
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Hey, you and brent both sat on your asses not knowing an idea of what to do lol.
I didn't want to get in your way, you looked like you knew what you were doing but obviously you didn't

Now we know who doesn't touch Brents car...

Oops yea I forgot to tight that one bolt on the main cap... sorry about the engine siezing up
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Hahahahaha, I tightened it, Nick just didn't check all the bolts for tightness when he got home as he should have, not my fault lol
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