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Hi,

As has been the case for a year now as soon as I fix something (cylinder head coolant flange) then I see something else that needs fixing. In this case i noticed the rear brake caliper dripping brake fluid so it's just as well I spotted this next problem in time :)



Can anyone advise what might be causing fluid to collect at the marked spot?
I can't see anything obvious. Is my caliper finished? :(

(98 Passat wagon 1.8T AEB)
 

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I really can't see much of a leak.

It could be seeping down from the bleed screw. Otherwise, it looks like it's coming from the shaft of the e-brake actuator, and I assume that would require a new caliper.
 

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Yes you'll have to trust me that there is a leak. I cleaned that little area up and squeezed the pedal a few times and it started collecting there again - plus I have untold telltale dribbles down the inside of my tyres.

Definately not the bleed nipple. Cleaned that too and nothting coming from that area.

Best I find out prices of new calipers then :)
 

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Yeah probably just need a new caliper at this point.
Do you have NAPA dealers/stores there? They have best prices on rebuilts
and I always trust their stuff. Also, they have the emergency cable bracket as well
as bolts, etc. included in ther kit, so you don't have to taer down the old caliper.

Remember to use a pair of vise-grip needle nose pliers to pull out, and then up
on the emergency brake cable to take it out... it's a bit tricky the first time
and requires a bit of muscle (you'll see what I mean). The needle-nose grips also
prevent the cable from detracting too much while you install the new caliper.
 
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