My 1994 Ford Ranger 3.0l V6 failed inspection. The inspector said the left rear seal is leaking.
I took it to the mechanic who said the brake seal is just fine - no signs of a leak. The brake fluid reservoir is still at full. Brakes are firm and do fine in a sudden stop. The brakes did fail about 18 months ago and we fixed it then including new brake lines. The area was cleaned so its not like this is old brake fluid spattered about.
Mechanic said maybe it is the differential. He suggested we thoroughly clean the area and then drive it around for a couple weeks. Done. No signs of leak.
Inspector says its leaking, and to fix it. Mechanic says its not leaking and there is nothing to fix.
My random not-a-mechanic thoughts:
- its a differential leak but so slow that its not evident after only two weeks of driving. If so, is this really a problem?
- I assume any new brake leak would be evident after a couple weeks. Could it have leaked and then stopped on its own?
- its some other fluid? But what? Chicken or crab guts from roadkill? We get land crabs here and there are more wild chickens than you can imagine!
- the inspector has a vehicle he really wants to sell me?
- I need a new mechanic?
So… anyone got other bright ideas?