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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
Every driver should know how to check for problems with car brakes. Warped rotors, leaky brake hoses, and squeaky brakes are among the most common.
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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Dan, Need to know the following estimates on when to replace Drive Belt and Brake Fluid
For the 2012 4Runner, based on the normal service maintenance schedule Toyota recommends that the brake fluid be replaced every 30,000 miles. Modern serpentine belts are generally good for at least 100,000 miles. Toyota does not have a replacement recommendation...
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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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After fixing my truck after it has sat for a week I have barely have any brakes. The brake pedal is very tight.
If the brake pedal is tight an unable to move, there is no air in the brake system. The issue is either the brake booster being stuck or the piston in the master cylinder is being stuck. Try testing the...
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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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brakes won't hold fluid
The rear brakes on the 2000 Villager are drum brakes operated by a wheel cylinder that is bolted to a steel backing plate and covered by the brake drum. If there is no visible external leak, yet brake fluid is...
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can you just drain the fluid and put a new seal?
If there there has been brake fluid in the brake booster, that has damaged the booster and consequently it will have to be replaced. If the master cylinder is leaking at one seal, all seals in the master cylinder should...
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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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i dove the car about 40 miles before i realized what i had done cant it still b flushed
Use a turkey baster (or other source of suction) to remove as much of the fluid as possible from the top of the reservoir (or remove reservoir and master cylinder and turn upside down). The gas treatment may be lighter...
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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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About 3 times a week the emergency brake light displays ON as does the ABS light. The truck does not to appear to be braking
The first to do is to make sure the fluid is full to the fill line in the master cylinder. A low fluid sensor is used in the reservoir and will cause the lights to come on. If the fluid...
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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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How to clean automotive oil from the exterior surface of my car
Whether it is engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, or a/c compressor oil, the best thing to do is use ordinary car wash detergent mixed per the instructions with water. Once done, just wax the finish. If brake fluid got on...
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How to test rear brake caliber
Try applying the parking brake and see if the caliper piston moves. If the caliper piston moves, then there is a blockage inside the calipers where the lines connect. If the caliper pistons do not move, then the caliper pistons...
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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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Master cylinder valve leaking - why? 2011 Kia Sophia
Hi there - it is unlikely that use of the wrong fluid would cause a brake valve leak. Most brake issues originate from absorption of water into brake fluid that isn't changed for many years. This may be a simple...
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I have a brake fluid leak - it is the main brake line. Right by the gas tank. 2005 GMC Jimmy
Hi there - the brake line must either be replaced with a new GMC part, or repaired, depending on how the brake line was damaged. Unfortunately, this is not a service YourMechanic offers at this time. Thanks for thinking of...

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