How to Check the Brake System of my vehicle?
How to Check Brake Fluid? How to Check Your Brake System's Master Cylinder? How to Check the Brake System of my vehicle? Check brake systemSubject: Auto Maintenance - Sub Subject: Check brake system
Date: 6/27/2019 Status: ACTIVE
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How to Check the Brake System
- Start under the hood.
- Check the brake master cylinder for leaks.
- Check the level and condition of the brake fluid.
- Inspect all lines and the anti-lock brake module for leaks or loose, damaged connectors.
- Raise the vehicle and support it securely on a lift or jack stands (review Lesson 1 if needed)
- Remove all four wheels
- If the vehicle has drum brakes, then remove the drums.
- Inspect all brake lines and hoses for signs of leaking or cracking
- Inspect the caliper hardware and dust boots for damage
- Inspect the caliper (or wheel cylinders) for brake fluid leaking.
- Inspect the rotors for smoothness. If a rotor has any pits or grooves then it will have to be reconditioned or replaced.
- Check the thickness of all the brake pads.
How to Check Your Brake System’s Master Cylinder
If you have the kind with a little plastic bottle on top, just unscrew the cap on the little plastic bottle that sits on top of the master cylinder. If you have a metal reservoir, use a screwdriver to pry the retaining clamp off the top.
Take a look at the lid.
As the brake fluid in your master cylinder recedes (when it’s forced into the brake lines), the diaphragm cups are pushed down by air that comes in through vents in the lid. The cups descend and touch the surface of the remaining brake fluid to prevent evaporation and to keep the dust and dirt out. When the fluid flows back in, the cups are pushed back up.
Look inside the master cylinder
The brake fluid should be up to the “Full” line on the side of the cylinder or within 1⁄2 inch of the top of each chamber. If it isn’t, buy the proper brake fluid for your vehicle and add it until the level meets the line.
If both chambers of your master cylinder are filled with brake fluid to the proper level, close the master cylinder carefully, without letting any dirt fall into it. Because most master cylinders are pretty airtight, you shouldn’t lose brake fluid in any quantity unless it’s leaking out somewhere else.
Use a flashlight to look for stain marks, wetness, or gunk under the master cylinder.
If your master cylinder is — or has been — leaking, you’ll see evidence of it when you look closely.
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