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MNmikew

2000 Dodge Ram losing brake fluid

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Just started happening a month or two ago. Brakes start to feel mushy, then go to the floor. Check fluid, empty. Fill up, they work great again. Then 2-3 weeks later it's empty again?

Now my brake and ABS lights are on.

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had same thing happen to me on 2001 Ram. was steering gear box its down near the swaybars. Had to fill powersteering once every 3wks or so.

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Duhhhhh!!!!! I am such a bone head. Had fluid leak on the brain and was thinking power steering cuz I am getting it fixed today, even though I read brakes. My bad

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If you are losing fluid at that rate you should be able to see dampness at the site of the leak. Check the insides of the tires for wheel cylinders or caliper leaks. Also check the bottom rear of the master cylinder to see if the leak is there. If all of those look ok, do a visual check of the rest of the brake lines and hoses. You'll find it........

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Yes, I've looked around and dont see any obvious signs of leakage. I parked it in garage last night (dry floor) and no drips. Its going into the shop tonight. Will report back.

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I would also say rear wheel cylinders leaking is the most likely culprit. They most likely leak when brake pressure is applied. The excess fluid will leak into the brake shoe area and then out the drum on to the rim and tire while driving, then spin off when the wheel is turning. The chances or a puddle forming on to the garage floor are very slim, unless the truck sits for a long period of time. Add in the wet road conditions we have had, it would be hard to decipher where the leak is occurring, unless in the leak was around the master cylinder where it is dry.

Either way, good idea on bringing it in. Good luck!

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good to bring it in could be the master cylinder leaking in to the brake booster than the engine vacuum sucks it into the engine and burns it and you dont see the leak

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Rear brake line running in frame rail leaking. About a quart of fluid stuck in frame rail so that is reason for no visiable drips. About two bills to fix.

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