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How Long Does a Brake Master Cylinder Last?

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The fluid that flows through the braking system in your car is what helps to provide the pressure needed to stop a car. Without the proper amount of brake fluid in your car, it will be nearly impossible to bring it to a stop. The master cylinder houses the brake fluid and disperses it to other parts of the braking system when needed. Usually, the master cylinder will have a reservoir where the fluid is housed. The master cylinder is only used when the brake pedal of the vehicle gets pushed down. Not having enough brake fluid in the master cylinder can be very damaging to the whole braking system.

The master cylinder is built to last as long as the car does, but usually does not quite make it that far. There are seals in the master cylinder that can become dried out and brittle as time goes by. Without properly working seals, the master cylinder may begin to leak. Another factor that can lead to the master cylinder breaking down is the constant use that it gets. Most drivers will use their braking system constantly when driving. This never ending use will usually lead to the master cylinder wearing out and needing to be replaced.

The importance of the master cylinder to the functionality of a car’s braking system cannot be understated. When this part begins to go out, you will start notice a variety of different issues. Noticing the warnings that a car is giving and taking action can help to reduce the damage that is done to your car. The following are some of the things that you may notice when it is time to have your master cylinder replaced:

  • The brake light is on
  • Noticeable brake fluid leaks
  • Braking feels soft or spongy
  • It take more effort to bring the car to a stop
  • Lower than normal brake fluid levels

Having low brake fluid due to a leaking master cylinder can create a lot of damage, which is why getting the brake master cylinder repaired or replaced quickly is important. The warning signs that your car will give when the master cylinder is damaged should not be ignored.


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Jeremy

19 years of experience
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Jeremy
19 years of experience
Lexus ES350 - Brake Master Cylinder - Lake Worth, Florida
Jeremy was GREAT. VERY friendly and a very good mechanic. I would highly recommend him and I will use him again.
Hyundai Genesis - Brake Master Cylinder Replacement - Delray Beach, Florida
Jeremy was very informative and highly professional. He was thorough and worked efficiently and neatly. I was very impressed.

AUDIE

32 years of experience
191 reviews
AUDIE
32 years of experience
Chrysler Town & Country - Brake Master Cylinder - Las Vegas, Nevada
Great experience with him. Show on time. Was able to do additional work in master cylinder installation the same day.
Ford Crown Victoria - Brake Master Cylinder - Las Vegas, Nevada
Seemed truly interested in the safety of the car. Further diagnosed another repair that will be scheduled.

Roberto

11 years of experience
141 reviews
Roberto
11 years of experience
Subaru Impreza - Brake Master Cylinder - Humble, Texas
Mechanic was on time and helpful with vehicle, explaining work performed and recommendations for preventive maintenance.

Augustine

11 years of experience
59 reviews
Augustine
11 years of experience
Jeep CJ7 - Brake Master Cylinder Replacement - Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Seems very personable and honest. Did a great job and I look forward to using him again in the future.

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