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Old 01-16-2009
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I'm going to work on it again to try to fix the leak. I installed a new wheel cylinder, but is it possible that it is bad to begin with? I'm not sure why or what would be leaking from inside the brake drum, and the wheel cylinder is the only part inside the drum that uses fluid, so it must be that. Any other ideas?

You sure it's brake fluid? Might be the seal on the axle. If it smells, it's probably diff fluid.
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You sure it's brake fluid? Might be the seal on the axle. If it smells, it's probably diff fluid.
Yes, it's definitely brake fluid, my brake fluid reservoir becomes empty and brake fluid leaks out.

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Hmmm Could it be your fitting isin't screwed in all the way or not tight. It may have a little rust build up and it might feel like you got it tightened down. I know it sounds stupid but check that, and also check the brake line itself going into the wheel cylinder it could be cracked or brokena nd you might just not be able to see it.
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If your brakeline has rust on it its probably got a small hole in it... Or alot of the times you can get rebuilt wheel cylinders.. so make sure its not bad..

Have someone pump up the brakes while you have the wheel off.. and see if its coming from the back of the backing plate, or take the drum off and see if its coming from the wheel cylinder..

But like others said, you always want to replace them in pairs... Because when you do one, the other side always goes..

And for the guy that asked me a question, If i cant get the drum off after deadjusting it, and hammering on the drum.. I quote ebrake cables, shoes, drums, springs, wheel cylinders, everything thats in there... adjuster wheels, etc..

Then if they want to spend the money I will spend the time getting the drums off.. otherwise its not worth my time..

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I finally fixed it. The wheel cylinder that I put in was either put together incorrectly, or I put it in in a way that made it function wrongly. I took the entire brake apart again this weekend and took the cylinder off that I put on. I took all of the internals out of it and made sure I put it back correctly. It is possible that when I put it on that I made one of the plungers move too far inside the cylinder causing the fluid to pressurize it incorrectly. I put it all back on carefully this time and it all works! I bled all of the brakes too, except for the driver's side drum because I can't get the bleeder valve loose, it's corroded in there which sucks. The brakes work great now though.
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glad they work good...

Yea, thats why you replace both at the same time also, lol because 90% of the time either the brake line breaks when you replace the wheel cylinder or when you go to bleed them, the bleeder screw snaps off inside..

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