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The average cost to replace a brake master cylinder is between $350 - $537. Price generally varies based on the type of car you have the type of auto-shop you go to. At NuBrakes, our technicians come to your office or home to do the repair. We don’t markup our parts and have minimal overhead, meaning, we provide you a convenient and low-cost repair option.
It’s important to be in tune with your brake master cylinder options and how the type of shop will affect the pricing they offer to you. Dealerships will always be the most expensive option for brake master cylinder replacements. Traditional brick and mortar repair shops will typically provide more affordable brake repair prices than the dealership. However, mobile brake repair services, like NuBrakes, usually provide the best prices because they have significantly less operational overhead… And not to mention, a much more convenient experience… A true win-win.
The brake master cylinder is the first component of the braking system that is activated when you pressing the brake pedal. Whenever you press on the brake pedal, a piston is pushed through the cylinder which forces brake fluid through all of the brake lines. In return, the pistons in the calipers will push the brake pads against the rotors (or brake shoes against the drums), which slows the wheels rotation to a shop.
What are the symptoms of a faulty brake master cylinder?
Brake Fluid Leaking: If you see or smell brake fluid beneath the hood of the vehicle, it’s likely that your brake master cylinder has sprung a leak.
Brake pedal goes to the floor: If you are not seeing any external fluid leads but your brake pedal is going to the floor, it's likely that the master cylinder has internal leaks. This feeling is often described as a ‘spongy’ brake pedal.
Brake warning light: If your brake fluid is leaking or is all the way empty, your brake warning light will illuminate (on newer vehicles). If your vehicle is older and doesn’t have a brake warning light, but you’re experiencing other symptoms on this list, you likely have a leaking brake master cylinder.
Dragging brakes: In some cases, a faulty brake master cylinder will note entirely release the brake pads which will cause your vehicle to feel as if it is dragging or resisting when you try to move forward.
How do you replace a brake master cylinder?
1. When repairing your brake master cylinder, the first thing you’ll want to do is properly identify the components of your braking system by referencing the owner’s manual. Find where the brake fluid reservoir is located
2. Remove all of the brake fluid from the master cylinder reservoir. Make sure to properly dispose of the brake fluid once it has been removed.
3. Remove the brake fluid lines. This will most easily be done using a line wrench. You may experience some excess fluid leaking from the lines when you disconnect them.
4. Detach the brake master cylinder by removing the mounting bolts and remove it by lifting it out of the holding area
5. Now it is time to install the new brake master cylinder… The first step in doing this is to bleed the new master cylinder until all of the air has been removed the internal passages. You’ll then bolt in the new master cylinder and re-attach the lines and electric fluid sensor
6. Once you have installed the new master cylinder, you’ll need to bleed all of the brake lines to each caliper/wheel. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system, you’ll need to actuate the ABS pump using a special scanner tool to ensure all of the air is removed from the ABS system.
7. Once all of the above steps have been completed, you’ll want to do a complete safety inspection to ensure the brake lines that were removed are not leaking anymore.
It is not at all safe to operate your vehicle while you're experiencing a faulty brake master cylinder or any abnormalities in your braking system. If you are seeing, hearing, or feeling any signs that might indicate a need for brake repair, we recommend getting your vehicle diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. Fortunately, with NuBrakes, our technicians can come to you, 7 days a week, to diagnose and repair your vehicle at your office or home.
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