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Leaking brake fluid.

Hi All, and happy new year.

Mine has been greeted with a couple of problems, well the 156 is getting on a bit (04 JTD 16v). I fixed an air bag warning light thanks to help from the many previous posts - it seems to have been the dicky connector under the passenger seat. Just as I was feeling rather pleased with my self, I got the 'low break fluid' warning on the dash. I checked it immediately and the reservoir was about empty, which it was not a week ago when I happened to look. I expected the notorious brake pipe failure under the wheel arch, which I've experienced on my previous 156. But no, it's leaking from somewhere in the vacinity of the master cylinder, though there's nothing obvious except fluid under the car. I've searched around the forum but can find no direct threads except a previous post by gazza who replaced some plastic connectors in the end.

Before I take it to my specialist who will sort it I'm sure, whats the likely problem so I can prepare my wallet - brake cylinder being the worst I guess. Could it be clutch related?

Thanks for any help.
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If one of the seals has gone on the connectors into the master cylinder then that could bee the problem, but being a manual hjust make sure the clutch slave isn't leaking as that will be many of your english pound to replace.
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Break out a torch and have a poke about. If the join between the master cylinder and the servo is wet, it's most likely the seals in the master cylinder. If that joint is dry, it's more likely to be a pipe or union.

I wouldn't worry about the clutch. If it was leaking to that extent, you'd have no clutch by now.
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