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The master cylinder acts as the brake fluid reservoir on your vehicle. It’s necessary that this part be in good repair in order for the brake system to work properly – that means seals intact, pistons functioning optimally, and bore undamaged.

These cylinders take a lot of heavy-duty use, particularly in city driving conditions, and if the bore leaks it usually means the unit is worn out and needs replacing. You can sometimes deduce that the master cylinder is the problem if the brakes go to the floor, as opposed to spongy brakes which is typically caused by air in the brake lines.

Master cylinders are made in either aluminum or cast iron. While cast iron is generally more inexpensive, aluminum is lightweight and resists rust and corrosion better. However, it can be difficult to find new aluminum ones these days.

How to make sure you’re getting a good quality brake master cylinder:

  • Spec standards: Make sure the specs meet manufacturer’s standards.

  • OEM over aftermarket: Consider buying OEM over aftermarket. This part needs to fit precisely into the brake system and with OEM you know exactly what you’re getting.

  • Warranty: Check out the different warranties. If you opt for aftermarket, there can be a wide differential in the amount of years or miles offered in the warranty. Cardone is a brand with a good reputation, and they offer a three year warranty on certain cylinders.

  • Avoid rebuilds: This is not a part that you want to take chances with by going with remanufactured.

  • Opt for the kit: While you can buy just the cylinder alone, that can be a risky choice because if other parts are damaged – such as seals and other components in the unit – you’ll end up making a second trip for the rest. The kit includes bleeder kit and reservoir, so you’ll know you already have everything you need right up front.

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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.

Jeremy

19 years of experience
336 reviews
Jeremy
19 years of experience
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.
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Master Cylinder - West Palm Beach, Florida
Amazing! Ontime, on a Sunday, on a holiday, honest and fast, Jeremy is now my 'go to' guy for anything mechanical!

Rigoberto

10 years of experience
724 reviews
Rigoberto
10 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Brake Master Cylinder - Chicago, Illinois
Rigo is a maverick hands down. Don’t take your car for work elsewhere. Especially great at Mercedes—this guy knows his profession! I will be using him for everything related to my car going forward.
Acura TL - Brake Master Cylinder - Buffalo Grove, Illinois
I thought Rigoberto was professional and trustworthy. I will certainly request him for any future work.

Travis

12 years of experience
69 reviews
Travis
12 years of experience
Chrysler Voyager - Brake Master Cylinder - Wingate, North Carolina
Travis is a very good mechanic that knows what he is doing. I did not meet him personally, my wife Joyce was home, Iwas away at work. Travis conducted himself in a professional manner, he got the job done in a excellent timely fashion. I am gonna recommend Travis and the entire team to all my family, friends, also my employer. Keep up the Good Work Travis. I still have more work to do. Hope to see you soon. 

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