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My brakes are spongy and i need to check brake fluid where is the brake fluid?

How do i check brake fluid?

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  • mythicmama May 26, 2009

    thank you i will have it checked out 2morrow.

  • mythicmama May 26, 2009

    not much of a mecanic so i'll have the guys at midas check it out. thanks~

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Bleed the system to flush out air bubbles.

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This is not just a matter of checking brake fluid level. Most likely you need to have the brake fluid renewed in the entire brake system, something you should do biannually or so to prevent trouble.

If done in a professional way it will cure your problem, this process includes venting the brake lines for gas bubbles that are trapped inside causing the spongy feeling.

While it is not very difficult to do yourself I would still recommend you to have a professional do it for you, not worth the risks of potential brake failure if done wrong. It is normally an inexpensive procedure.

Posted on May 26, 2009

  • Håkan Sterner May 27, 2009

    Yes, I suspected that you wouldn't be too keen on doing what it takes to bleed the brake system.

    It takes some experience and attention to subtle tricks of the trade and "fingerspitz gefulhl" in order not to break those fragile bleeding nipples and potentially having to replace the brake calipers as well which will be rather expensive.

    Having experienced people working on it would minimize the risk of unnecessary repairs like that (however breaking a stuck bleeding nipple could happen to the best mechanic so there are no guarantees).

    Wise decision to leave it to the pros.

    Good luck!


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SOURCE: Maruti Zen 1996 model....spongy brakes

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Does sound like you need a new master cylinder. On a 2000 you wont need to back bleed. You will just need to follow the instruction and bleed the master and all four points. you will probably need to bleed the ABS block and proportioning valve but only if they have bleeders on them.

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You have to bleed all the air out of the system, if you did then your rotors may need to changed. But if they are spongy it's air in the lines.

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The master cylinder most likely is bad.

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