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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
A properly functioning brake system is crucial to your vehicle’s overall health, as well as the safety of yourself and your passengers. Although replacing worn brake parts such as brake...
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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How safe is it to drive with a torn caliper boot?
Hello, thanks for writing in to YourMechanic. If the caliper boot is torn open then you will get dirt, debris, water, and road salts in the caliper piston surface. The caliper may seize or tear the caliper piston seal causing...
Cannot flush the brake system
Hello. If the system is functioning correctly then flushing the system should not be difficult or require a significant effort at all. If the system is not bleeding properly then there is likely some sort of issue with one of...
Lost power to my front brakes but i still have power to the back.
Hello and thank you for your question. When you were able to bleed all four brakes FR, FL, RR, RL, then the proportioning valve is okay. If the valve was sticking, you would not be able to get any fluid...
Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor
If you have not lost any fluid in the master cylinder and the pedal goes to the floor, then your master cylinder must be bypassing fluid and not creating pressure. In order to have a mechanic diagnose it properly, they...
Brake fluid was recently bled/flushed and the brakes still feel like they are grinding
Good question and thank you for the details. I want going to go through some things you may want to check and hopefully save you some money. If you come across a problem in any of the areas you will...
My brother put half a glass of water in the brake fluid container. What should I do?
You will need to have the brake system pressure bled until there is not evidence of any water left in the system. The first thing to do is to suck out all the fluid out of the brake reservoir first...
Low break fluid light is coming on, but I don't know how to check pads or for a leak.
Hi, thanks for writing in about your Chevrolet Impala. 40,000 miles is a decent amount of mileage for brake pads to wear out. The light sounds like it is coming on due to low brake fluid from the brake pads...
My car is being serviced and the mechanic just advised me that my brake pedal goes all the way to the floor,
Hey there. You may have a brake leak or be low on brake fluid. However, if you are low on fluid, you may have a leak. Brake fluid does not go anywhere therefore is should never get low or become...
My rear wheel is leaking bad - 2007 Chevrolet Colorado
It sounds like you have blown out a brake wheel cylinder piston. You should not drive the vehicle with no brakes. Have the brakes inspected and repaired as needed by a mechanic. You will most likely need, at the minimum,...
Hard brakes
If the brake fluid warning light is on, check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir. If you have power brakes and the pedal pressure required to stop the car has increased the mostly like cause is a fault...
Brakes catch first thing
For an issue like this, a certified mechanic will need to inspect the vehicle and determine exactly where the problem is located. However, it sounds to me like you have a problem with a sticking caliper or a fluid leak....
My truck wont go in gear and the pedal feels very weak. Just replace the clutch. It was running for 2 days till my gears wouldnt
This can be related to many potential issues; however, one that is somewhat common is the deterioration of the transmission gear synchronizers. These are small fork-shaped components that assist the transmission from going in and out of gear. When these...
My abs and parking brake lights are coming on and staying on
Your ABS/parking brake lights are probably indicating multiple problems Check the simple possibilities first like the brake fluid level and the brake lights working. Then check wheel speed sensors (some times bad wheel bearings can cause a wheel speed sensor...
Will I need to change my brake fluid?
Hello. Your emergency brake is not dependent upon using brake fluid as your normal front and rear stopping brakes are. The emergency brake is typically a brake drum with a cable. The damage may not be too bad given the...
Service stabilitrak and three traction lights are on
There is a possibility that the lights may be related to the code, but the system will have to be scanned and the trouble codes pulled to be sure. You may have a couple different things going on with the...
My car has a lot of mileage. Is it road worthy?
Every single part on a motor vehicle will eventually fail or "wear out", and often parts will fail multiple times over the vehicle's life (for example, tires, brakes, rotors, water pumps, oil seals, timing belts, bulbs, hoses, and so forth)....
All brake on my vehicle are locking up while driving
Hi there. There are a few things that will cause this. Most of the time when this occurs it is due to petroleum contamination in the brake system. If something other than brake fluid was put into the master cylinder...
Tried pressing the clutch pedal and it just flew to the floor. It wouldn't come back until I brought it up myself.
Hi. The most likely cause of this problem is the clutch master cylinder has a leak or has just completely failed. The clutch master cylinder gives your clutch pedal the proper pressure to engage the clutch so the transmission can...
Clutch slave cylinder is most likely bad. Will refilling the brake fluid help?
Hi there. Most of the time, if the fluid is empty, it will have pulled in enough air to keep the clutch system from working. You can try adding fluid, but, when you press the pedal, the air will compress...
Vehicle is shaking when braking from above 35 mph
Hi there. From what you're describing, the squeaking noise is common with a brake pad on the front of the vehicle that is wearing down to the wear indicator mark that is making contact with the rotor. This could be...

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