Fixing a leak with your vehicle brake fluid can be carried out by any mechanically inclined do-it-yourself person. If you have never carried out repairs on your car before, you will need to first sit down and review the information about your car. It is not a bad idea to go to your local automotive parts store and ask if they have diagrams regarding the braking system and how it works. Do not attempt to fix the lines or the fluid leak if you have not done your proper arrangement. Once you have reviewed material and spoken to different people, you can use the following directions as your guide to fixing any leaks.
WHAT YOU NEED
- User manual
- Rebuild kit for master cylinder
- New brake hoses
- Pipe bender
- Metal tubing
- Caliper piston
DISCERN YOUR LIMITS
First, you must know your limits. If you do not understand the parts to your car, or if you are not intimately versed with braking fluid and the requirements thereof, you must first either spend some time acquainting yourself with these areas of the car or pull out your user manual and spend time studying. You should know that fixing the braking fluid in a car is not done with a quick, easy solution. Many companies flaunt a quick-fix brake fluid formula and it has been proven time and time again that these formulas do not work well.
Check the master cylinder. If it is showing signs of wear and tear or a leak, you will need to go to your automotive parts shop and buy a rebuild kit. Pull the directions out of the rebuild kit and follow them closely. They will show you how to take off a master cylinder and replace a new one.
Inspect the brake hoses to assess any damage. If they is a leak, you will need to make a trip to get a set of new ones and then replace the old hoses
If it is only the brake lines indicating signs of leaking, you can easily fix the leak with metal tubing and pipe bender. Purchase the required parts at your local shop, and then pull out your user manual for your car and go through it step by step to effectively fix your brake fluid lines. This is not always a simple task. seek the help of a friend or someone that is in the know about automobiles. If you are unable to get the proper help and you’re not confident in your own abilities, then engage a mechanic.
Get a new caliper at the automotive parts store and follow the directions that comes with it. Use these along with any other information contained in your manual. Again, if you are unsure, do not change the new calipers as it could harm your car.