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How to Check the 5 Essential Fluids in Your Car
Checking your oil and adding engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid are essential for maintaining your car.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Line
Common signs include leaking brake fluid, corrosion, and the Brake Warning Light turning on.
Is it Okay to Drive With Fluid Leaking?
No. Do not drive your car if fluid is leaking. Depending on the type of fluid that is leaking, you may be able to drive home from your location, or it may...
Top 10 Brake System Issues Every Car Owner Needs To Know
Are the brakes on your car squealing, is the car pulling to one side, or is there a giant puddle on the garage floor? All of these problems point to an issue...
5 Essential Things to Know About Storing Your Car
Even if your car will be sitting for a period of only a few weeks, it’s important that you take steps to store it properly or you will risk having mechanical problems crop...
How to Buy Good Quality Clutch Fluid
Cars with a manual transmission require fluid to change the pressure between the master cylinder (the clutch fluid reservoir) and the slave cylinder (the unit at the other end of the mechanism which...
How to Add Brake Fluid to Your Car
Car brake fluid is necessary to keep your car brakes working properly. Check brake fluid condition and top it off if it's low or discolored.
5 Commonly Overlooked Vehicle Maintenance Items
Brake fluid, auto transmission fluid, and coolant flushes, as well as cabin filter changes and valve adjustments, are all important services.
How to Replace a Brake Hose
Modern cars use a combination of metal lines and rubber hoses to contain and transfer the fluid that applies your brakes. The lines coming out of the brake master cylinder are made...
How to Bleed a Clutch
A clutch master cylinder contains a reservoir with brake fluid. It is connected to the clutch slave cylinder through hoses. When you push the clutch pedal, brake fluid...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing ABS Fluid Level Sensor
Common signs include the ABS Light coming on, unexpected wheel lock from the ABS system failing, and low fluid in the reservoir.
How to Find and Repair a Brake Fluid Leak
The vast majority of passenger vehicles on the road today use hydraulic brake systems to operate their brakes. Most braking systems use brake fluid, pressurized through a sealed system, to...
How to Replace a Brake Master Cylinder
Brake master cylinders are a key part of your car braking system. Brake master cylinder replacement helps brake pedals hold pressure when you brake.
How to Top Up Brake Fluid
Brake fluid creates pressure in the brake lines to help stop a car when the brake pedal is pressed. Maintain your brake fluid levels to stay safe.
How to Flush Car Brake Fluid
Air or water in the brake fluid causes spongy brakes and reduces braking efficiency. Perform a brake fluid flush to remove all contaminated fluid.
How to Replace a Clutch Slave Cylinder
Clutch slave cylinders need to be replaced if brake fluid leaks. If gears grind or the clutch won’t, the clutch pedal may be at fault.
Top 10 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car
Every driver wants a car that lasts a long time. Make your car last longer by checking your motor oil, parking in the shade, and keeping it clean.
Is it Safe to Drive With Brake Warning Light On?
The brakes on your vehicle allow you to stop safely, especially in emergency situations. If your Brake Warning Light comes on, you should take notice and contact your mechanic immediately. Brakes...

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Rover clutch is not working. What is wrong?
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. There could be 3 possible things that could be wrong with your clutch. The clutch could be out of adjustment, which for your vehicle it is self adjusting and may be needing to...
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Is it possible for a leakfrom the slave/master cylinder to leak and then destroy the clutch from melting or burning on?
Hello. Yes the hydraulic brake fluid can cause the clutch to burn out and fail. The master cylinder is located next to the firewall on the left passenger side of the engine. The master cylinder is right above the clutch....
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Brake sinks slowly while at stop
The most common cause for the brake pedal to sink slowly to the floor will be the brake master cylinder internal pressure cup failure. The seals may be worn or sludged up from old dirty brake fluid. I have...
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Brake fluid leaking
Hi there. There are two copper crush washers, one on each side of the banjo fitting (the "banjo" is the segment of the brake hose that the bolt is put through). The reason it is leaking is you appear to...
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When should you replace the brake and transmission fluids?
Different manufacturers have different recommended service intervals for their vehicles. Recommendations for fluids can usually be found in the vehicle owner's manual. At minimum, the manufacturer recommendations should be followed. That's not to say doing some maintenance items a little...
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I cannot get the fluid out of the calipers.
Your brake system (which includes ABS) has check valves and accumulator chambers between the master cylinder and the calipers. It will be necessary to use a pressure bleeder to overcome these "restrictions." Gravity flow or a vacuum bleeder at the...
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Master or slave cylinder?
Hi there. If you seen the slave cylinder move a little, then the piston on the slave cylinder could be stuck. Check all of the fluid and make sure that it is full on the clutch master cylinder. Have someone...
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what would cause leak of brake fluid that leaves puddle behind rear driver wheel
The best way to inspect an issue like this is to look for the leak. The easiest way to do this is to remove the front tire. Open the hood and locate the master cylinder. Start with a full reservoir,...
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Brake Booster potential leak.
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. If the brake pedal is easy to use when the engine is running and is stiff when the engine is off, then the brake booster is working fine. The oil is coming from the...
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Fans stop working
The braking and cooling systems are separate components. Low brake fluid will not cause the vehicle to run hot or overheat. Low brake fluid will make the brake pedal feel soft or even go to the floor. This is a...
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Why is my brake fluid leaking? How can I test where the problem is?
The only fluids that could be leaking near the front tire is going to be the brake or transmission fluid leak or coolant is leaking. You should use a clean white paper towel under where the leak is so a...
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Brake pedal hit the floor. Very hard to stop car.
First thing is you do not have any brakes and should not attempt to drive the vehicle until the brakes are repaired. The brake pedal is going to the floor due to a major brake fluid leak from the left...
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Brake system is not working properly.
Hello there, you have several different faults going on with your 1997 Nissan Altima. The brakes not working properly is a large problem and the vehicle should not be driven until the brakes are in proper working order. If the...
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My brakes are overheating; could the brake fluid be contaminated?
If your brake fluid boiled during this or any past overheating incidents, then yes, the fluid is likely contaminated with air and other gases. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, and a consequence of that is when the fluid gets hotter than...
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Is this a brake fluid leak??
Yes, this is a brake fluid leak, but it is coming from your clutch hydraulics - probably the slave cylinder or the fluid line. Check both the clutch and brake fluid reservoirs (sometimes combined) for low fluid. I would recommend...
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Brake fluid puddle on carpet. Resevior is empty, filled it, and it emptied again
This suggests you have a leak near your brake booster or master cylinder where the rod enters the master cylinder. This may also be related to the clutch master cylinder as well as your car has a clutch master cylinder...
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Brake fluid is leaking
This suggests you have a leak somewhere in your braking system. This is common in the brake lines due to the amount of pressure that develops in the brake lines in order to make the calipers work correctly. I would...
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My right front wheel is not breaking
Hi there. It sounds like you have a collapsed hose. This will prevent fluid from getting to or from the caliper and can create real problems. Loosen the line at the caliper and see if brake fluid comes out when...
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Clear fluid leaking near wheels
Hello. We need to gather some more information. Which wheel(s) is this happening with? Is it one wheel or multiple wheels? The only clear liquid to leak from your wheels is brake fluid, and that would make for a very...
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Breaks Not Working
Hello. Brake failure can happen for a number of reasons. The most common is lack of brake fluid. If there has been an ongoing brake fluid leak, the vehicle would have set off the warning light once the level got...

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