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Old 06 Oct 2007, 04:57 pm
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Default y do i have to add brake fluid every2-3days. the light comes on? then i have to add more?

i just bought the car, wasnt aware of the brake situation, but the brake light comes on every 2-3 days and i have to add more fluid. where is it going? and how can i fix it?
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:01 pm
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Hmmm, you probably have a leak, take it to the mechanic, or see if you can return the car, it is the retailer's responsibliltiy to tell you about a problem like that.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:03 pm
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Buy a subaru
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:06 pm
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You have a leak in a line or at the Master Cylinder, have a friend press the brake pedal down hard and look under the vehicle for the leak. if you cannot find it, or cannot fix it yourself, take it to a shop, but either way do it NOW. If you can, have it towed, driving with a brake problem is unsafe.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:10 pm
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You have a serious failure in your brake system and you should not drive the car until it's fixed. Brake fluid is not something that you simply add more of and continue driving since a brake fluid leak clearly indicates a major failure in your hydraulic braking system. That's why the brake light is red and not yellow. Red means to stop immediately and have your car repaired now, not tomorrow.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:13 pm
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I own a shop, and do a lot of this kind of work. The best thing I can tell you to do is this; Look at the back side of each of your wheels, and I also would look at the back of the plate that your back shoes are mounted to. If you see it looks wet, you may have found the culprit, a bad wheel cylinder. You may also want to look up under the dash (where the rod for your brake master cylinder goes through the firewall to the cylinder) to see if it is wet. If you can't see it, then run your hand up there to see if you get your fingers wet. Any kind of wet indicates the master cylinder is bad and leaking. Odd as it may sound, the master cylinder does most of the time leak back into the inside of the vehicle. If you still don't find the leak; Follow each brake line from the master cylinder under the hood to each wheel to see if you can find the leak. If you still don't find it, then pull all the wheels off, and inspect the cylinders to see if they are wet. On the rear brakes, peel back the rubber dust covers on the cylinders to see if it is wet behind the covers. You will find it if you do all of this.Glad to help out, Good Luck!!!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:16 pm
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Hi! There is no requirement to top up brake fluid regularly and no any warning light should not be on during driving.There is a leak in your brake system. As it is a safety issue and if you are not familiar with self help in servicing the brake system it is always adviceable to get a mechanic to get it done for you.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:18 pm
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IT IS LEAKING!!!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:23 pm
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your fluid is leaking some place .first check around wheel calipers for brake fluid leak . then look for a leak or wet spots at the base of master cylinder . if no leaks are found or if you park your car on a peice of cardboard and no leak found, you may have fluid leaking from master cylinder into the brake booster . which would mean the master cylinder and the brake booster must be replaced
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:24 pm
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brakes dont use fluid so if its loosing then u have a leak u need to get it looked at imeaditly...that is a very dangerous situation...a small leak and lead to an entire hydrolic blowout easily and then u have no brakes to stop the car...get it looked at as soon as u can!
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