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Old 06-11-2014, 08:56 AM   #1
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Just bought a 2014 S4 with 8k miles on it, and I noticed a few days later that there was clean brake fluid around two of the lug nuts, inside of the rim, and some on the rotor. Looked like a slow leak, so I scheduled a visit to the dealership. I didn't see any more fluid come out the next few days, so not sure if it was some hard driving that day or what. So today I took it in to the dealership, and they said they took off the rim and found no leaks at all, and there was nothing to fix. Umm, no? I'm sure the spinning rim got rid of any fluid by now, but I sure as hell don't feel comfortable driving around with randomly leaking brake fluid. I'm willing to entertain any other possibilities, but I seriously doubt clean oily fluid jumped up into my lug nuts.

Any suggestions on what I should do?

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Old 06-11-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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Car is still under factory warranty . Is there another Audi dealer nearby?
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Just bought a 2014 S4 with 8k miles on it, and I noticed a few days later that there was clean brake fluid around two of the lug nuts, inside of the rim, and some on the rotor. Looked like a slow leak, so I scheduled a visit to the dealership. I didn't see any more fluid come out the next few days, so not sure if it was some hard driving that day or what. So today I took it in to the dealership, and they said they took off the rim and found no leaks at all, and there was nothing to fix. Umm, no? I'm sure the spinning rim got rid of any fluid by now, but I sure as hell don't feel comfortable driving around with randomly leaking brake fluid. I'm willing to entertain any other possibilities, but I seriously doubt clean oily fluid jumped up into my lug nuts.

Any suggestions on what I should do?
Definitely keep track of fluid level in reservoir. If it was leaking from caliper or hose connection, mechanic should have noticed "wet" spots. Hard driving/braking shuld not cause any fluid loss. --Plus you may see some puddling on garage floor after some time.
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Car is still under factory warranty . Is there another Audi dealer nearby?
Nope. They're the only Audi dealership, but there is two VW dealerships, of which the one I bought it from said that I could take it to them.

Tech said fluid level looked fine, but if it only happens rarely, it'd probably take quite a while to make a big difference. Seeing how the rim looked clean after one drive, I figured it'd be hard to spot any wet spots, but I also assumed a thorough disassembling would reveal something.

I'm going to give them hell when I pick it up, and if something happens I'm suing the crap out of them/or haunting the crap out of them. Depending on how bad it is...
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Yeah, so Service Manager totally brushed me off. Had no explanation, or plausible occurrence that could have caused it, and no reassurance of a lack of death or dismemberment. So I'm holding them liable if anything happens. Seems insane that they'd just take off the rim, and not give the whole system a thorough look.

Thankfully I talked to my friend that used to be a Service Manager, and he made me feel a little better with assuring me that I'd likely have plenty of warning before they go out. So yay for hopefully not dying.
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You sure it was brake fluid?
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Nope, and I told them it might not have been brake fluid exactly. Just made the most sense to me given the location. It was a clean, light brown, and oily.
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Were you eating sushi with soy sauce near the spot? That could cause it.

Seriously though, could it have been oil? I know it's a strange location, but if it was changed recently excess could end up in weird places. Good shops usually aren't that sloppy, but I've had boatload of extra oil to clean up after a few oil changes over the years...
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Nope, and I told them it might not have been brake fluid exactly. Just made the most sense to me given the location. It was a clean, light brown, and oily.
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Lol, it was definitely some kind of oil, and not of a cat pee or soy sauce variety.

Oil change run off does seems like a stretch given the location on the rear rim. Plus the service was done 3k miles ago at the dealer.

So now I'm just left with checking the rim and fluids constantly since the dealership can't be bothered to do more than take the rim off and peak around.
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Were you parked near anything that could have done it? Again, a stretch, but if Audi tech isn't finding anything (and they are paid handsomely to find issues) there probably isn't anything to fix...

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Lol, it was definitely some kind of oil, and not of a cat pee or soy sauce variety.

Oil change run off does seems like a stretch given the location on the rear rim. Plus the service was done 3k miles ago at the dealer.

So now I'm just left with checking the rim and fluids constantly since the dealership can't be bothered to do more than take the rim off and peak around.
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Were you parked near anything that could have done it? Again, a stretch, but if Audi tech isn't finding anything (and they are paid handsomely to find issues) there probably isn't anything to fix...
I have to agree with this. No reason for the Audi service department not to fix something because they do get paid well for it. It's to their advantage to find something to fix.
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. . . No reason for the Audi service department not to fix something because they do get paid well for it. . . . .
They don't fix cats!
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They don't fix cats!
Catalytic converters are occasionally replaced...
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Catalytic converters are occasionally replaced...
I have never seen a catalytic converter leak fluid on a wheel.
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Well, with that attitude you never will.

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