Things to Consider When Buying a Brake Reservoir
Brake fluid reservoirs are basically plastic containers that hold the brake fluid of your car for the brake master cylinder. Getting one should be a no brainer as long as you follow these tips.
No fit, no go
One of the first things you'd want to consider before buying a brake fluid reservoir is whether or not it will fit into your car's engine. You'll have to know your engine compartment's size and the arrangement of its components to figure out the correct size and shape of the brake fluid reservoir you'll be buying.
Brake fluid reservoir types
Brake reservoirs come in two main types, those that go on top of your brake master cylinder and those that are separate containers. There is no difference in performance between both of these types. You get one over the other simply because that is what your car requires. Check your car's old brake fluid reservoir to determine the one you need.
Hooking up the reservoir to a fluid level monitoring system
Your car will have a monitoring system to help keep track of your cars brake fluid level. This monitoring system will have a sensor that should be attached to a socket in the reservoir. Be sure the brake fluid reservoir you buy will have such a socket and be absolutely sure that the socket is the right one for your car's monitoring system. Failure in doing either of them will force you to check your car's brake fluid level manually by looking under the hood from time to time.
Mind the tubes
Separate brake fluid reservoir containers also have outgoing tubes that connect to the master cylinder. Some brake master cylinders have one connection while others have two. Just be sure to get one with the appropriate number of tubes.
The best rake reservoir among the rest
There are no high performance reservoirs in the market made of rare, high quality materials crafted by the world's best artisans. They're basically just plastic containers to hold the brake fluid and nothing more. Choosing the most appropriate brake fluid reservoir for your car is what you should do. If possible, get the exact same brake fluid reservoir that came with your car or one that is as close as possible to the original one.
Replacing the Brake Reservoir of Your Automobile
Always make sure that your brakes are in tiptop shape. Most of the time, they will be the only thing separating you from a catastrophic car accident. One part of the break that is vulnerable to braking is the brake reservoir. This container supplies the master cylinder the brake fluid that is used to make your brakes clamp down on your car's rotors. If you see any damage to the reservoir, you should replace it immediately. The process is a pretty simple one. Some brake reservoirs are attached to the master cylinder while others are separate containers attached to the master cylinder through hoses. Here, we try replace the former.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Brake Reservoir
- Vise grip
- Turkey Baster
Replacing the master cylinder
Step 1:Pop open the hood of your engine compartment to gain access inside.
Step 2:Locate the master cylinder of your car. You should consult the owner's manual of your car if you're having any difficulty. The plastic container located at the top of the master cylinder is the brake reservoir.
Step 3:Open the cap of the brake reservoir.
Step 4:Use the turkey baster to remove all of the fluid from the brake reservoir. This will prevent the brake fluid from spilling into your engine.
Step 5:Disconnect the brake fluid level sensor from the master cylinder.
Step 6: Insert the screwdriver between the reservoir and the master cylinder.
Step 7: Pry the reservoir from the master cylinder. You may have to rock the container back and forth while you pull it out.
Step 8:Remove the brake reservoir grommet from the master cylinder if it is still attached to it.
Step 9:Install the brake reservoir and the brake reservoir grommet in the master cylinder. Push the reservoir into place to secure it to the cylinder.
Step 10:Reconnect the fluid level sensor to the brake reservoir.
Step 11:Fill the brake reservoir with brake fluid up until the maximum recommended level.
Step 12: Close the hood of your car.
Air will probably enter the brake lines as you replace the brake reservoir. In cases like this, you must bleed the brakes lines to expel the air. Failure to do so may result in malfunctioning brake mechanisms that can lead to accidents.