View Full Version : Rear passenger side brake fluid leak

January 1st, 2015, 05:07 PM

I noticed my 94 Continental was losing brake fluid but never noticed any brake fluid on the ground. I felt wetness under the brake booster and replaced the master cylinder. I thought I solved the problem. BUT...

After bleeding the brakes the pedal still went to the floor. Still couldn't find the leak until after taking the car for a few drives. Pedal went to the floor which prompted me to investigate under the car again.

I noticed that the right side of my gas tank was wet and it seems to be coming from where the brake line is braced near the tank. There is a steel brace that it appears the brake line rests on. There's a ton of brake fluid on that spot on the right side of the fuel tank.

I really can't get a good look at what is really there but I'm wondering if anyone can help with any thoughts on this.


January 1st, 2015, 10:48 PM
I would expect to find that the brake line is corroded thru where it runs thru / attaches to that bracket.
Not much fun to replace the line from the ABS unit to the rear - 1 pc. tube from the factory. It's do-able but a pita. I've managed it on 2 of my sons Explorers.
Somebody like Midas might be able to cut the original back and get flares in there to piece it.

January 13th, 2015, 05:49 PM
Brake line tubing is very cheap at Autozone. Buy a short length of it, or a whole 25' roll. Some people splice 2 pcs together to make a longer piece (using a joint adapter) but I prefer to replace the whole 1 piece line. Your choice. Then remove the bad section of tubing and insert a good piece. Tubing is easy to bend by hand, without any tools. The flares on each end are easy to make, in about 2 minutes each. I rented a simple flaring tool from the Autozone freebie tool rental program when I replaced all the brake lines on my entire truck. See http://i.imgur.com/Z593n2J.jpg I used Nickel-Copper alloy tubing, which doesn't rust away. You can practice making a few flares before you see how to make 'em nicely square (to avoid leaks).

You can always drop the tank, if reaching up there is a problem.