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Definitely Dot-3. I checked with the previous owner when I bought the car. DOT-5 is silicone based isn't it? The puddle was on the passenger side of the car behind the rear wheel but further out from the wheel if you get what I mean. If it is the pump then I would expect the puddle on the floor to be red, which it isn't.

I'm away from home for this week but I will be back on the weekend and will check to see if there is another puddle as well as keep an eye on fluid levels.

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Hi guys

I think I've found that hydraulic leak. It appears to be coming from the lower of the two solenoid switches next to the pump. The hole where the wire inserts is full of fluid. Are these solenoids repairable or do I just replace it?

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I've never had any luck trying to repair them. They're not being reproduced to my knowledge so you'll have to find a good used one. You can try Carl Heller(partsetal) to see if he has one as the 1960 squarebird solenoids are the same. If not try Bob's Bird House or the Birds Nest.

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Do the electrics work? A leak is one thing but a burned coil is another.

If you absolutely cannot find a replacement, I'm not promising anything but Detroit Coil Co. is just down the street from me. They wind hydraulic solenoid coils for all the big names. - Dave
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Thanks for the info, and your offer Dave. The electrics work fine. It is only a slow leak and the top still works. I'll see if I can source one locally and then look further afield.
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Rebuilt units are available through most of the Thunderbird parts suppliers. I replaced all of mine just for the sake not wanting a failure.
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