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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...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Brakes are failing no fluid leaks at all and brake fluid resevoir still full
An internal seal failure in the master cylinder is possible and that is easily tested for by either blocking off the master cylinder ports and/or using pressure gauges to measure pressure developed within the system upon pedal application. It is...
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do i need to take my car to BMW for an oil change or brake fluid flush
In regard to your question, the criteria of relevance insofar as "who" should work on your car is simply that the person you select is appropriately trained, skilled, as knowledgeable as possible, knows how to follow instructions, and is conscientious,...
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Makes brake fluid is black
Brake fluid accumulates moisture and contaminants over time and consequently the fluid should be replaced about every 35,000 to 50,000 miles. To service the fluid you can request a brake system flush and refill. If you request that service, the...
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What do i do if i put brake fluid in the power steering?
The fluids are incompatible and brake fluid could damage the pump and rack. If you haven't driven the car yet, or even turned it on, drain the reservoir by removing one of the lines from the bottom. Thoroughly and repeatedly...
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brake light came on started leaking had brakes fixed should leak stop
Brake fluid leak sources are quite varied and can be traced to tubing perforation due to corrosion, bleeder screw leaks, internal master cylinder leaks, and seal leaks. Any leak of brake fluid is serious and so I recommend that you...
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Q: Spongy brake
Cars equipped with ABS often require remote actuation of the ABS system, using a bi-directional scan tool, in order to expel the trapped air in the valving and cylinders. That air may be the cause of the difficulty you are...
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someone added oil to brake fluid and hyundai sez entire system needs replaced at cost of $4000; are there any alternatives?
Motor oil damages ONLY the rubber components in the hydraulic brake system. Those rubber components are limited in extent and thus all of the rubber components at issue would fit in the palm of your hand. The problem is the...
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I have a 1997 Nissan Maxima GLE and I have no presser on my clutch pedal. If you pump it by hand real fast it will hold presser for a short time.
Hi there. The issue is the clutch master cylinder has an issue with the internal seals and is causing the brake fluid to slosh around in the chamber. I recommend replacing the clutch master cylinder. If you need further assistance...
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Q: Bleeding brakes
If you are able to keep the master cylinder full and thus no air can be drawn toward the ABS pump and valving during brake bleeding, you can often get away without using a bi-directional scan tool to remotely actuate...
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Brake light comes on while driving uphill, especially with strong acceleration.
The warning light is activated by either low fluid level in the master cylinder or engagement of the E-brake. If the fluid level is not low and the E-brake is not engaged, there is a fault in the sensor or...
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The clutch went out and clutch fluid leaking out.
Check the slave cylinder under the vehicle and see if the seal blew out. Fill up the clutch master cylinder if its low and pump the clutch pedal a couple of times and then look for the leak. Pull back...
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What parts would I need to fix brake fluid leaking from my front front inside wheel?
Hello, thank you for writing in. While replacing the brake pads and rotors is standard service after they wear down, they would not cause a fluid leak. You likely have two separate brake system issues happening at the same time....
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losing brake fluid. no signs of a leak
Hello, and thank you for writing in. If you are loosing brake fluid, it has to be going somewhere, and there are not many places in the vehicle that the fluid can hide. Locating the leak is going to be...
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Brake lines underneath car are wet?
Corrosion on brake lines ultimately results in burst failures due to the high pressure on these lines which is measured in many hundreds of pounds per square inch. The decision on how much brake line to replace, and which lines,...
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Brakes don't work properly
If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock braking, you have to either bleed the ABS pump and valving (per Factory Service Manual instructions) or use a bi-directional scan tool to remotely actuate the ABS system during brake bleeding. Otherwise, in...
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master cylinder or brake booster
If the pedal is low, there is air in the brake lines or the master cylinder has an internal leak. If your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock braking, you have to either bleed the ABS pump and valving (per Factory...
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Hey Jay, what should I charge someone for bleeding their brakes on a 04 tc?
Brake system flush will be the same as bleeding and will be a minimum of one hours labor.
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My brake light stays on while driving. I drive a 2002 Ford Explore Sport Trac. Sometimes it just flashes. What wrong?
If the brake warning light is staying on the dashboard monitor, then there is an issue with the brake hydraulic system. If the light is flashing, then the brake fluid is low and below the level sensor. Check the brake...
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Having brake issue replaced master cylinder bench bled new part bled wheels and still no brakes.
Check the brake system to see if there is a leak and make sure that the master cylinder is full of brake fluid. If there is no leaks and the master cylinder is full, then there is still air in...
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How often should I change brake fluid?
You should replace the fluid every time you do a brake job or every 3 years. The only time to get it done when not scheduled is if it get contaminated with wrong fluids.

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