Master Cylinder Repair Kit
Not a brake mechanic or a clutch expert? Don't worry. We'll help you figure out troubles with the master cylinder and even give you solutions for rebuilding a broken one using a brake master cylinder repair kit. Here are some troubleshooting tips:
How to find out if you have a bad brake master cylinder
By checking other brake components, you can pinpoint the real cause of the brake fluid leaks, isolate the braking problem to a faulty cylinder, and determine whether you will need a master cylinder repair kit or any replacement part.
Signs of a broken clutch master cylinder
- Soft pedal. When a clutch pedal has lost its usual resistance when you step on it, this could mean that there are leaks in the master cylinder. The leaks may be coming from the broken seals.
- Difficult shifting. Shifting gears would be difficult if you can't press on the clutch pedal easily. This could be a symptom of a failing cylinder.
- Sinking clutch pedal. The hydraulics of the clutch is probably messed up if the clutch pedal sinks to the floor. A pedal that gets stuck to the floor can be fixed by doing a cylinder repair using the right master cylinder repair kit.
- Low transmission fluid level. If the transmission fluid supply is depleting fast, this could be a leakage problem. The cylinder or any other parts of the transmission system may have cracks or holes.
- Noise when clutch pedal is pressed down. That loud noise when you press down the clutch could be a sign of a leaking cylinder. The faulty cylinder may fail to hold the release fork as you hold down the clutch pedal.
- Oily cylinder. You might find oil at the bottom of the cylinder if this is leaking. To be sure, visually inspect this component right under the hood.
To check for a faulty clutch cylinder, you can ask someone to hold down the clutch as you go check for the rise of transmission fluid in the reservoir. As the clutch is released, see if the fluid will still rise. If so, then you're dealing with a bad cylinder.
Using a master cylinder repair kit to rebuild the cylinder
If all symptoms and results point to a faulty master cylinder, you have to get on your toes and fix this ailing part to restore the car's braking power and to enjoy smooth gear shifting. You won't always have to replace the cylinder. You can rebuild the unit using the right repair kit.
The master cylinder repair kit should:
- Match the cylinder of the brake system or clutch assembly (check the part number and other product details to be sure that it fits the vehicle and its engine)
- Come complete with all the hardware needed for rebuilding the unit (check if the kit comes with a reservoir and other important attachments or components)
- Have a manufacturer warranty for your safety (check if the master cylinder repair kit comes with instructions or fitment labels)