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Old 05-18-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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Default Damp calipers normal or no bueno?

I was changing my rotors and pads this morning and noticed the calipers were damp. This is the first brake change on the vehicle and currently has 48k miles. The car is a daily driver with 65 miles daily. I do a lot of spirited driving but I doubt anything to cook them or the fluid. If this is in fact not normal, I will likely start looking for stainless lines before I change the fluid.





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Old 05-18-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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Looks like its leaking fluid from the brake line attachment.

Good time to upgrade to stainless lines anyway.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:47 AM   #3
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I would at least tighten that banjo bolt until you upgrade your lines.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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I couldn't really tell exactly where it was leaking from. I'll look into stainless lines even though I think they're more bling than anything on a daily driver.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:12 AM   #5
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I'd clean everything off and tighten the banjo bolt and see if it comes back in a few months myself.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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Someone pointed out that the bleeder and the cap were marked/painted and they now seem to be turned and not lined up. I'll try to tighten it up tonight.

Does anyone know the ft/lb to tighten it to? I don't want to over torque the thing and snap or crack it.
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:31 PM   #7
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Ok, so I may have some good news at the expense of my ego. I went to spray and wipe down the calipers after work tonight and the calipers were dry as a bone. I couldn't understand why. I wiped them down and checked the bleeder screw anyway. As I went to replace the rear pads and rotors, I sprayed the bolts with pb blaster... and that's when it hit me. I sprayed the fronts with pb blaster and let it soak in before changing the brakes. So yeah, that dampness was pb blaster and my lack of short term memory.
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:01 AM   #8
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Try just replacing the two crush washers. See if that fixes it. Who know it might fix it . I'd try that first it's alot cheaper then getting new brake lines
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