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DIY: How To Replace/Rebuild A Brake Master Cylinder
The brake master cylinder, indeed the whole brake system, is probably the most important part of your vehicle. It is a fairly easy job to replace or rebuild and something a beginner can easily do.
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What you will need:
  1. Open end or box wrenches
  2. Line wrenches
  3. Screwdrivers
  4. Small pry bar
  5. Snap ring pliers
  6. New or Rebuilt master cylinder or...
  7. Master cylinder rebuild kit
  8. Fender covers
  9. Brake cleaner
  10. Fresh brake fluid
  11. Brake lube
  12. Safety glasses
  13. Shop towels
  14. Pail of clean water
  15. Latex Gloves (Optional)
Before You Start:
  • Follow these instructions carefully. Read and be sure you understand them before you begin.
  • Gather together all of your tools and supplies before you begin.
  • Allow plenty of time to do the job so you don't have to hurry.
  • Remember that these are general instructions. For more detailed instructions pertaining to your specific vehicle, consult an appropriate repair manual.
  • Beware of hot objects, sharp instruments and hazardous materials.
  • Don't substitute tools unless you're sure you won't compromise either your safety or the performance of your vehicle.
  • Never work on a vehicle that is only supported by a jack. Use jack stands to support the vehicle while you work. Work on a solid, level surface. Never jack a car up on dirt or grass.
  • Check for any brake fluid leaks or cracked brake lines. Replace them as necessary.
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Fig. 1. Typical Brake Master Cylinder

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