Owning a car is more than just ensuring the gas tank is always full and to have regular oil changes. There are several things that you must know in order to be a smart car owner. It is very important that you know where the brake lines are located, especially if you have ran over an object that has damaged your car or if your brake pads are acting funny. Checking your brake lines is extremely easy, and will only take a few moments of your time to ensure that everything is working properly.
The first step in checking your brake line is to place your car on a lift. If you do not have an auto lift, America’s Price 9,000 Pound 2 Post Auto Car Lift, Model: AP9FC is a great buy for only $1,254 (when you call mention the online preorder coupon and you are given a free lifetime warranty). However, if you aren’t able to afford an auto lift, or if you don’t have room in your garage using a car jack can work, but always place jack stands when you are planning on going under your vehicle – never crawl under a vehicle using only a jack for support.
The next step is to find the brake lines, or the master cylinder. The master cylinder can usually be found under the hood of your car, normally on the driver’s side. If you are unable to locate the master cylinder, you can also find the brake lines by looking at each wheel, and finding the brake pad, which the line is near. Follow the line to the master cylinder.
After you have done this you will want to check the fluid level within the master cylinder. If you notice that the level of the fluid is low, you most likely have a leak. Remember, in most cases the fluid level in the master cylinder will not drop, but if your brake pads are extremely worn than the fluid may drop. If the fluid is low, add fluid (Castrol GT LMA Brake Fluid is a great buy at only $10 per quart). After you have topped off the brake fluid, replace the cover on the master cylinder.
It is very important that you ensure that the master cylinder isn’t wet. If you notice that the cylinder is wet, you will need to change it. However, if you are looking at your master cylinder and there is no leak, this doesn’t mean that it is okay. The cylinder may still need to be replaced.
After you have completed checking the master cylinder, you will want to follow the brake lines all the way to rear of the car. Keep your hand on the line the entire way to ensure that there are no leaks. The reason why you need to keep your hand on the line is because all brake fluids are clear, which can make it hard to spot a leak. Do this for the remainder of the brake lines, pay close attention to where the lines and cylinders attach, this is where most leaks will occur. If you notice that any wheel cylinder is wet, they will need to be replaced.