How do you find where a 1994 Cavalier is losing brake fluid and repair it?
1)Look for a wet spot where the master cylinder connects to the brake booster. In most cars, this is where the the brake fluid usually leaks. The brake fluid will eat away the paint on the brake booster. If it is wet here, the master cylinder needs replacing. When the master cylinder is removed, you'll see that it is wet (should be dry) where it was connected to the booster. 2)Check all 4 brakes and look for wet spots on the calipers & wheel cylinders. Same things apply here. Replacement might be needed. 3)Check where the brake hoses/lines connect to the brakes.
If brake fluid is accidentally contaminated by a repair shop could the brakes fail within 5 miles of the shop?
If you fill your brake fluid up (im assuming you know how to do this) then pump your brakes. Let it set for awhile then check the fluid level, if it is low then check under the car. there would be fluid somewhere down the side of the car where the brake lines run. (on the ground or the actual wires might be wet.) If you are losing fluid but have no leak then it…
Generally contaminated brake fluid is very dark and grimy looking. It also may cause a spongy brake petal, but not always. If you have reason to believe that your brake fluid is contaminated, you should definitely have it changed. If there is more than 3% water in your brake fluid, you run the risk of super heating the water causing one or more of your brake lines to explode, which apart from being incredibly dangerous…
I have a 99 cavalier the rear brake on drivers side locks up when you first start out for a short distance then goes away what is the problem?
Any fluid would cause the fluid low light to come on in a Chevy cavalier. Fluids such as brake line fluid, power steering, transmission, and quite possibly oil. Everything but gas, grease and radiator fluid. Get her checked out at any large garage. They should take a glance for free. Do it soon though. The item may burn up and you will have to get a new part.
look at the inside of your rear wheels are they stained and wet ? yes its your rear wheel cylinders if no check where your master brake cylinder is bolted to the round brake booster where they meet is there a trail of fluid where they meet? yes then you have a master cylinder problem if not you can have leaking hydraulic hoses or brake lines. either way get it checked before you hurt yourself…
The brake master cylinder container is (usually) clear/transparent and mounted under the hood on drivers side rear near the firewall and marked with fill lines. Pop the top off and fill accordingly with dot 3 (regular) brake fluid.If you are losing brake fluid on a regular basis, get it checked out. Good luck.
Unscrew the brake line from the drum or the caliper. Dont let the brake fluid drain. Have some one step on the brake pedal and while it is gushing out fit it back on and screw it tight. There are one person bleeders which suck the brake fluid through so you don't need another person. These look like a kidney with a tube and they are available at auto part stores.