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Hello,All My 2002 Kia Spectra has been losing brake fluid about every 4 weeks or about every 600-800 miles .The brake light comes on then i end up adding brake fluid.The car has 60k and has had replaced front pads and rotors about 10k ago.Also the car vibrates between 70-75mph from the front.Any Ideas? I appreciate your help.
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Its gotta be going somewheres, so Id assume there is a leak Id find it too. Cause thats saftey your dealing with... One day the light might burn out and you wont know that there is no fluid then boom no brakes.

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I had this problem before,
to solve it, There is a small Part Placed right behind the engine It has 5 inputs (I think It called -Break fluid distributer- it looks like the letter (Y) in its shap), You may find it very dirty and covered with oil. Replace it and every thing will be find.
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The clutch and brakes use the same resevoir, so the fluid could be leaking at a few places.
Brake master cylinder
Clutch master cylinder
brake slave cylinder at each wheel
clutch slave cylinder

Check each of these places for signs of leakage, and repair or replace ASAP.

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If its the Master Cylinder.Would this be premature at 60k? Could it be the wheel cylinders?Thanks a bunch
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it could be anything we all listed. Now its time to go out and look at these components.

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If its the Master Cylinder.Would this be premature at 60k? Could it be the wheel cylinders?Thanks a bunch
Its not premature if the correct maintenance was not followed - same applies to all cylinders BTW.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, and not exclusively, but mainly for this reason the fluid should be replaced at the specified intervals.
Now you may get away with skipping this maintenance if you're in a low humidity area.
Once the fluid has drawn moisture, all cylinders are prone to rust inside and then the seals get scored.

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you may check the calipers...if they didn't tighten them after bleeding the brakes you might have a problem there...
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A leaking "Brake fluid distributor" behind the engine (mounted behind the engine on the metal body of your car) is a common problem on Kia Spectra's, It is a metal box shaped part connected to all brake fluid lines. Just replace this part and youll be good to go, part cost should be around 50$ or less. Remember to bleed all lines after you replace the brake fluid distributor.
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