Check The Brake Fluid
By Tommy Sessions
You can do some maintenance and minor repairs on your own vehicle.
To check the brake fluid level, raise the hood.
The master cylinder (mc) is located on the driver's side near the firewall, just under the windshield.
Most master cylinders have two small round caps that you can twist off. Some have one rectangular cap that either snaps on or has a metal bar that clips over the cap.
You can remove the metal clip by inserting a screwdriver under the clip and lifting up on the handle.
The plastic rectangular cap can be removed by popping it off with your thumbs.
Be very careful removing the caps.
It's best to take a paper towel and clean around the filler caps before removing.
Trash, dirt, or water can cause a lot of problems with your brake system...so, lets be cleaning-freaks when we work on the brake system, especially the master cylinder.
If the brake fluid in the master cylinder with the small round caps is up to the ring at the base of the filler neck it is okay.
In the master cylinder with the one cap the level should be at least one-quarter inch from the top.
You don't want to fill the master cylinder too full, it needs room to expand when it gets hot.
Look at the fluid. What color is it?
Clean fluid will be clear with a slight shade of yellowish.
If the fluid is dark, or blackish, you may have rubber hoses deteriorating inside.
The front brakes have a rubber-like hose from the caliper to the metal line coming from the master cylinder...if you have rear disc, they have a rubber line also.
Over a period of time, and heat, these lines will deteriorate inside.
Disc brakes generate an excessive amount of heat.
If it's where you can, poke your finger into the master cylinder and rub the bottom.
Now then, look at the end of your finger.
What is that?
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