I replaced my front and rear brakes this weekend. When I did the front
brakes, as I was pushing in the puck I noticed some brake fluid (a
couple of ounces) dripping down from the engine compartment. The new
pads work well, but what I wanted to know is did I possibly screw
anything up? Is my master cylinder or ABS going to die a premature
thanks in advance!
Where in the engine compartment did it come from? Did you open the brake
fluid reservoir before compressing the caliper to allow the fluid level to
rise easily? Was the amount in the reservoir near the top BEFORE you
serviced your brakes?
It is hard to tell where the fluid came from, but it was not from the
brake fluid reservoir. I was towards the drivers side (oposite site
than the brake fluid reservoir). Yes I did open the brake fluid
reservoir before compressing the caliper.
The fluid was coming from the master cylinder reservoir, I usually removsome
fluid before compressing the caliper piston I don't think it did any harm.
It never has on any of my vehicles. How many miles on the Pilot were the
pads wore out?
when you push the piston back in, you should always open the bleed
nipple - prevents exactly this kind of thing. it's simply the fluid
rising in the reservoir. wash the spill off with water asap. do NOT
wipe, even after you've washed it. just leave to dry naturally.
discard the the fluid you get from the calipers.
As jim beam says - it happens, but the brake fluid will eat paint if given a
chance. Wash it off completely with water (I like to spray with Simple Green
after the initial rinse and rinse again) very soon.
i'd stay well away from simple green if i were you mike. there have
been a lot of reports of stress corrosion cracking in steel with that
stuff, including some bike stuff i bought used. steel eyelets in a rim
cracked and fell apart. that's the last thing /i'd/ want anywhere near
my honda braking system!!!
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