fluid at front of car

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 11:58
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When I got home last night I noticed fluid coming out of the front of the engine bay just in front of the radiator. I am 100% sure it's not radiator fluid because the radiator is full it's it's a little bit darker. My brake/clutch fluid is more than halve gone and I am guessing it's that. Why would it be leaking from the front?
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 12:45

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 12:45
May not be either, what colour is it, what does it smell like? Auto cooler lives there and is oil(red) coolant is either green or red, brake fluid would be light to dark brown and smell like brake fluid....could be squirting from under bonnet somewhere, if you push pedal, and it sinks, it is fluid, if not, it is just pads worn away and oil has taken their place in pistons...check the pads soon if you find no leak.
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 13:04

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 13:04
It's a off brown looking colour. Pads are brand new been on there for about 2 months. I am pretty sure it's brake or clutch fluid I checked the levels 3 days ago and they were all full and all of a sudden it's halve empty
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Reply By: Smudger - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 12:49

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 12:49
Brake & Clutch will have separate reservoirs and you're right, any leaking would probably drain down the firewall.
Have you checked your power steering fluid level, that will probably be up front.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 13:40

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 13:40
another thing I want to add is there was also a hissing noise coming from the front where the aircon radiator is and now I don't have aircon any more I am guessing I got a leak some how. Not sure if the 2 problems are connected some how.
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Follow Up By: Star Bug - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 14:24

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 14:24
Ah.... sounds like you've spung a leak in your A/C system then. The hissing fits and the oil could be some residual lubrucatin oil in the A/C leaking out. Trace the lines from the A/C and you may find the problem
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 15:16

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 15:16
still doesn't explain the brake/clutch fluid level dropping. I traced the lines but it all looked okay. I will take it to the shop on Monday and see what they say.

Thanks for the help
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 14:32

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 14:32
There is oil in suspension in the gas.Thats the problem then...
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Reply By: ozwasp - Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 16:16

Saturday, Jan 05, 2008 at 16:16
It could be leaking from the hydraulic clutch

Probably best if you stick your head under the car and see - or if you don't want to get your hands dirty, go and see a mechanic

It's a bit hard to diagnose a problem from an armchair.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 12:49

Monday, Jan 07, 2008 at 12:49
The shop just called and the condenser got a crack and can't be repaired....should have the car back later this arvo $495 later
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