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Started 1322428775.903 in Among Friends | Last reply 1322747602.033 by happycat

While I was coming back from grocery my brake light came on in my Toyota Corolla and very little brake pressure. After I parked there was green fluid leaking out of front. Coolant? I have no friends or family here and no money available to fix or rent a car. I know that I have burned bridges with people who care about me. I do not know what to do. How to get to work tomorrow or get it repaired?

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Brabls1322431135.2514740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

That is the problem with burning bridges. Is there a bus system that serves your area?

Brabls1322431885.414740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

I checked you posts. You do have bus service in Hillsborough county.

Here is the web site.

http://hartline.org/

Of you dig around the site, you may find a place where the Pinellas & Hillsborough systems connect in case you work across the Bay.

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Snowpuppy1322433689.8276480 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005Up North, MI

Green fluid is antifreeze. Nothing to do with your brakes. Brake fluid is red.

Get in the vehicle, start it and leave it in 'park'. Hit the brakes and see if you have any pedal. Are they mushy or gone? Tap them a few times.

Pop the hood if you know how and see if your brake fluid cylinder is labeled. If it is labeled, there should be a line that shows what the 'full' mark is and how much fluid you have in the cylinder. If the brakes are gone and no fluid you can try filling it up to the fill line with fresh brake fluid to see if that will get you to the nearest repair shop.

In the meantime, hop the bus. I've done it many times in an emergency or when I didn't want to drive in horrible winter weather.

Do you have a 401k or something to tap or borrow against at work in case of emergency? I know it can be expensive to tap but this sounds like a desperate time.

Vamp1322435604.54711579 PostsRegistered 3/9/2007

From http://www.thecarguy.com/articles/fluids.htm

CLEAR, SLIGHTLY BROWN AND SLICK - MEDIUM CONSISTENCY

This is that critical fluid for your brake hydraulic system. When brake fluid is new, it is usually either clear (like mineral oil) or tinted slightly brown. But after time and with the accumulation of dust, rust particles and other contaminants, it can turn entirely brown. What you need to remember is that brake fluid is characteristically slippery to the touch -- more so than engine oil or automatic transmission fluid.

***********************************************************************************************************************

If you go to that site, there is a description of the other fluids in your car to help you identify what is leaking.

Like Snowpuppy says, antifreeze is green--a very bright, neon green.

I recently refilled my brake fluid as my light was coming on when I turned corner (it was right at the refill level, so when I turned corners it sloshed around turning the light on intermittently). Snowpuppy is right, it is fairly easy to locate the tank that holds the brake fluid & check the level. Adding fluid is a piece of cake, too--just open it up & pour it in. If you have a leak, you will definitely need to get it fixed, but refilling the brake fluid will buy you some time to get it in the shop.

I don't know what else to tell you other than check into the bus and/or someone you can carpool with. Good luck.

Keli131322446484.877516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006

It sounds like you have two major problems with your car. My husbands a mechanic and I was in the auto parts biz for 25 years. Your going to need to take the day off tomorrow and take your car in. I'm sure your boss will understand. Otherwise at least take the bus or a taxi to work. Maybe a coworker can drive you home.

This repair will cost you unfortunately.

I just had the brakes go on my husbands car while on the way to work. Thank goodness I made there OK. It ended up a brake line had corroded and dumped all the brake fluid.

I feel for you but unfortunately auto repairs are expensive. Even those who keep up with all the maintenance requirements still can run into similar issues. You never can tell.

Not saying you've not kept up with basic maintenace. I know times are hard. We all can't afford everything we need.

I hope it's not as bad as it sounds.

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Keli131322446617.7277516 PostsRegistered 1/24/2006

I wish you all the best.

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GoodStuff1322447726.25715133 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I don't think you have a choice. If the car is losing coolant and/or brake fluid, you don't need to drive it far. Even if you add fluid, if there's a leak in the line it may leak out, and the car is very likely not safe to drive. You need to get your car checked out and repaired before you drive it any more. You will probably have to have it towed to a shop. If you must get to work, you'll have to ride public transportation, take a taxi, or hitch a ride with a friend. It would be nice if you had AAA or another dependable road service so you could have someone come out, look at the car, recommend a shop, and tow it in. Do you have a credit card you can use in an emergency?

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bigsister1322476294.0835706 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Southern California

Are you a member of the Auto Club (AAA)? Maybe they can help in some way.

At least they could tow the car to a mechanic close by and one they recommend.

To pay for the repairs you may have to put it on a credit card and pay so much a month.

Sister Gol­den Hair1322541955.6214544 PostsRegistered 7/18/2008

If the fluid leaked out you could blow the engine if you drive it. It sounds like the bus will be your best friend for now. I always looked at it as a blessing when my car broke down in my driveway instead of breaking down on the highway.

I would check to see if there are places that might let you make payments.

Reach for the moon, even if you miss, you will land among the stars.

arrianna1322544782.155072 PostsRegistered 10/20/2010

I am sorry this happened to you. I hope you don't drive it until it is fixed.

kitkom1322581384.6135646 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/27/2011 luvmkors said:

While I was coming back from grocery my brake light came on in my Toyota Corolla and very little brake pressure. After I parked there was green fluid leaking out of front. Coolant? I have no friends or family here and no money available to fix or rent a car. I know that I have burned bridges with people who care about me. I do not know what to do. How to get to work tomorrow or get it repaired?

Sorry hon, you get no sympathy from me. You should be driving an American made vehicle. Problem solved. {#emotions_dlg.mad}

"Happiness is Lake Charlevoix!"

GoodStuff1322581911.77715133 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

American made vehicles never have brake problems or other breakdowns? Since when?

Dosey1322582414.5933872 PostsRegistered 10/16/2010
On 11/29/2011 kitkom said:
On 11/27/2011 luvmkors said:

While I was coming back from grocery my brake light came on in my Toyota Corolla and very little brake pressure. After I parked there was green fluid leaking out of front. Coolant? I have no friends or family here and no money available to fix or rent a car. I know that I have burned bridges with people who care about me. I do not know what to do. How to get to work tomorrow or get it repaired?

Sorry hon, you get no sympathy from me. You should be driving an American made vehicle. Problem solved. {#emotions_dlg.mad}

I drive a Ford. Can I return it for a refund since I've had to repair it?

ETA: Toyota has many manufacturing plants in the U.S. benefitting thousands of Americans. The Toyota Corolla, which the OP drives, is now being made in Tupelo, MS.

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deeva1322585677.8032093 PostsRegistered 1/8/2005stuck in the middle

How many American cars are 100% made in america? Not many. GM has plants in China so I guess we should stop buying GM cars.

Dosey1322586701.4333872 PostsRegistered 10/16/2010
On 11/29/2011 deeva said:

How many American cars are 100% made in america? Not many. GM has plants in China so I guess we should stop buying GM cars.

GM sells more trucks and cars in China than they do in the U.S.!

meuw41322615216.382122 PostsRegistered 11/15/2007on a beautiful island in the Pacific ocean

We have been honda people for years. Get a lot of miles on them and never have had to do repairs on any of them. Our oddesy was made in Canada

Siennasky1322701022.9572693 PostsRegistered 10/20/2009
On 11/29/2011 kitkom said:
On 11/27/2011 luvmkors said:

While I was coming back from grocery my brake light came on in my Toyota Corolla and very little brake pressure. After I parked there was green fluid leaking out of front. Coolant? I have no friends or family here and no money available to fix or rent a car. I know that I have burned bridges with people who care about me. I do not know what to do. How to get to work tomorrow or get it repaired?

Sorry hon, you get no sympathy from me. You should be driving an American made vehicle. Problem solved. {#emotions_dlg.mad}

Really, KITKOM? American cars never need repairs? Please! pretty ignorant and self-righteous.

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happycat1322747602.0331585 PostsRegistered 9/18/2010
On 11/29/2011 kitkom said:
On 11/27/2011 luvmkors said:

While I was coming back from grocery my brake light came on in my Toyota Corolla and very little brake pressure. After I parked there was green fluid leaking out of front. Coolant? I have no friends or family here and no money available to fix or rent a car. I know that I have burned bridges with people who care about me. I do not know what to do. How to get to work tomorrow or get it repaired?

Sorry hon,As you get no sympathy from me. You should be driving an American made vehicle. Problem solved. {#emotions_dlg.mad}

Kitkom, as the owner of an American Made Lemon, that I got brand spankin new, that has had problems since it was new and been in the shop numerous times, I resent that stupid, rude comment and my next rig, if I can afford it, will be a Toyota.

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