Brakes are like wives: they slow you down, but you'd probably be dead without them. Among the many vital braking system components, you have the brake master cylinder. This auto part sends pressure from the brakes and into the car's hydraulic brake system. Unfortunately, this component can wear out and start leaking brake fluid, which could leave your braking system terribly impaired. In order to keep your ride safe and speed-reduction ready, replace your master cylinder immediately. You can actually do this task yourself with the help of your master cylinder repair kit. Just follow these quick steps, and you'll be ready to hit the road in no time.
Difficulty Level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Protective gloves
- Line wrench
- Socket wrench
- Drain pan
- Suction device
- Brake fluid
- Master cylinder repair kit
Step 1: This project can get pretty messy so wear some protective glove to keep your hands both clean and unharmed.
Step 2: Find your brake fluid reservoir and remove any fluid with a suction device. Place the brake fluid in a drain pan, and set it aside.
Step 3: Remove the electronic fluid level sensor, which is located below the fluid reservoir. Just release the safety clip and pull out the sensor.
Step 4: Remove all brake fluid lines from the master cylinder using a line wrench. Be warned that some fluid may leak out when you remove the lines.
Step 5: Loosen the master cylinder mounting bolts using a socket wrench. Remove the master cylinder form the vehicle once the bolts are completely off.
Step 6: Install the new master cylinder. Bolt it in tightly.
Step 7: Reconnect the electronic fluid level sensor and the brake fluid lines.
Step 8: Refill the brake fluid reservoir and bleed the brakes. Do this until all the air is out of the brake line.