It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.
|Car||Labor Cost||Parts Cost||Dealer Price||YourMechanic||Savings|
|2001 Toyota Land Cruiser||$150.50||$1411.44||$1537.44 - $1586.44||$1366||12%|
|1998 Hyundai Sonata||$118.25||$219.22||$318.22 - $356.72||$285||15%|
|2006 Audi A3||$139.75||$382.39||$499.39 - $544.89||$384||26%|
|2009 BMW 335d||$193.50||$398.61||$560.61 - $623.61||$436||26%|
|2010 Volkswagen CC||$139.75||$272.54||$389.54 - $435.04||$243||40%|
|2002 Chevrolet Cavalier||$182.75||$162.02||$315.02 - $374.52||$277||19%|
|2001 Audi A4 quattro||$107.50||$428.54||$518.54 - $553.54||$394||26%|
|2003 Mercedes-Benz C240||$150.50||$375.54||$501.54 - $550.54||$388||26%|
|1995 Mitsubishi Diamante||$182.75||$242.62||$395.62 - $455.12||$351||17%|
|2002 Saab 9-5||$118.25||$503.79||$602.79 - $641.29||$450||27%|
The brake master cylinder contains brake fluid and is connected to the brakes through the brake pipes and hoses. When you step on the brake pedal, brake fluid flows from the master cylinder to the braking unit at each wheel, creating enough friction to slow down and/or stop the car. The brake master cylinder has internal and external seals that can wear out over time.
If the external seals have worn out, they will leak brake fluid, reducing the amount of fluid in the car and causing the brakes to malfunction. Worn external seals can also leak the fluid into the brake booster and destroy it. The brake booster is essential for the proper functioning of the brakes, so if brake fluid has leaked into it, replacement is required.
If the internal seals have worn out, the brake fluid will continue to circulate inside, instead of being directed to the brakes. This weakens brake performance. The brake pedal will feel soft. When you apply the brakes, the pedal will go all the way to the floor without significantly slowing down or stopping the car. After replacing the brake master cylinder, your mechanic should flush the old brake fluid out and replace it with new brake fluid.
Your mechanic should check the amount of brake fluid every time the car is serviced. If you feel a change in the way your brake pedal feels (softer pedals), you should have a mechanic inspect the master cylinder and brake hoses. In most cars, the brake warning light should come on when the amount of brake fluid is lower than the manufacturer’s recommended amount.
All services associated with proper function of your brakes are important. In addition to safety issues, ignoring small repairs can quickly lead to more serious (and more expensive) problems.
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