Fixing a leak with your brake fluid can be carried out by any mechanically inclined person. If you have never done repairs on your vehicle before, you will have to first sit down and review the information about your vehicle. It is a good 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 try to fix the lines or the fluid leak if you have not done your proper homework. Once you have reviewed material and spoken to different people, you can use the following directions as your manual to fixing any leaks.
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Know Your Limits
First and foremost, you must know where to stop. If you do not understand the parts to your car, or if you are not intimately familiar with braking fluid and the requirements thereof, you must first either spend some time familiarizing yourself with these sections of the car or pull out your user manual and spend time studying. You should know that fixing the braking fluid in a vehicle is not done with a quick, easy solution. Many companies promote a quick-fix brake fluid formula and it has been shown time and time again that these formulas do not help.
Inspect your master cylinder. If it is showing signs of wear and tear or even leaking, you will have to go to your automotive parts store and get a rebuild kit. Pull the directions out of the rebuild kit and follow them closely. They will direct and show you how to take off a master cylinder and add a new one.
Take a look at the brake hoses to assess any damage. If they are seen to be leaking, you will need to make a trip to purchase a set of new ones. Then, simply change the old hoses.
If it is only the brake lines showing signs of leaking, you can easily fix the leak with metal tubing and pipe bender. Purchase the necessary parts at your local store, and then draw out your user manual for your vehicle and walk through it step by step to effectively fix your brake fluid lines. This is not a simple task. Enlist the help of a friend or someone that is in the know when it comes to automobiles. If you cannot find the proper help and you’re not confident in your own abilities, it is time to pay for a mechanic.
Buy a new caliper at the automotive parts store and follow the directions inserted with it. Use these along with any pertinent information contained in your manual. Again, if you are not sure, do not change the new calipers. It can cause harm to your car.