Stratus--leaking left/right wheel cylinders

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by DSegal1027, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. DSegal1027

    DSegal1027 Guest

    I have a question. I recently took my 98 Dodge Stratus with 47,000 miles to
    the dealer to get it inspected. I was able to get the emissions exempt as it
    was driven under 5,000 miles in 12 months. I was told that BOTH left and right
    rear brake wheel cylinders are leaking. My questions are, is it common for
    them to leak at the same time or does one usually go first? I have no problem
    replacing them but it just seemed odd that they both are leaking. Would there
    have been any tell-tale signs of leakage? I appreciate any and all advice.

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    DSegal1027, Aug 3, 2004
  2. DSegal1027

    sparks065 Guest

    Sure, pull off the rear wheels and the brake drum and check for yourself -
    it isn't hard.
    Worse case might be the need to screw a bolt into the side of the drums in
    order to act as a "puller".

    Without doing the above you have no way of knowing whether or not they are
    telling you the truth.
    Unless the cylinders are leaking very badly, you will never see any fluid
    from an external inspection.
    Is it possible that both are leaking?
    Sure, not common but certainly possible. One may have started to leak
    undetected last year.
    The other may have started last week.

    sparks065, Aug 3, 2004
  3. DSegal1027

    Bill Putney Guest

    Brake fluid ever been changed? This helps keep moisture out of the
    system. Wheel cylinders leak as much from moisture settling in the
    cylinders and corrosion pitting the cylinder body as from wear.

    Bill Putney
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    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, Aug 4, 2004
  4. DSegal1027

    DSegal1027 Guest

    No, the brake fluid has never been changed. I don't have a problem paying for
    the repair, it just seemed funny to have both sides leak at the same time. I
    will say that for a few years (even after getting new brakes), there was always
    brake squeal in the mornings when first driving the car. It went away after
    hitting the brakes a few times. I notice that there has been no squealing as
    yet...not sure if this is related.

    thanks for the advice.
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    DSegal1027, Aug 4, 2004
  5. Whenever I've had to do this job I've just replaced both cylinders. The
    is usually discoloration on the outside of the cylinder, like a stain,
    spreading from
    the end. It should be bone-dry in there, and very dusty.

    This is a job that can rapidly turn into an expensive one because almost
    when a shop pulls the brakes apart they are going to suggest changing
    material, drums/rotors etc. You have some time and you should shop around,
    lots of places do brake jobs.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Aug 4, 2004
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