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My 2001 Nissan Xterra's brake fluid ran out. Should I bleed the brakes or just refill it? I may need to get new brake pads but am not sure why else it would be out of brake fluid. Thanks

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Brake fluid will get lower in the reserve as your brake pads wear. if it is really low u should probably take it in to have the pads changed.

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Yes, it's typical for any vehicle to have the front brake pads and rotors replaced at 40,000 miles or less. A complete service would involve (2) new front brake rotors, (1 set) of new front brake pads (this includes 4 pads), brake fluid, silicone brake grease for the slide pins and possibly new slide pins (If they're corroded) and rubber seals for the slide pins. Because of the age of your vehicle, it's always a good idea to have the brake fluid changed (This means that your mechanic should bleed the brake system by opening the bleed screw on all (4) brake calipers). Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time and will start to break down (Lower the boiling point) and cause rust inside the system making your brakes less effective. Look at the brake fluid reservoir under the hood. The fluid should appear either clear (Perfectly clean) or slightly yellowish. If it appears to be light to dark brown, it's time to change it. If I were you, I would shop around for prices at other reputable service shops. Your dealer is going to charge you top dollar for this service. Hope this helps.

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Pressing by disc brake caliper cylinder by hand unlikely, improbable. Using 10" jaw opening adjustable pliers with 12"~16" handles, with brake pads removed should be able to align a large socket inside the plunger cup and then using the large adjustable pliers, squeeze back very slowly just enough to install new disc pads. Forcing the cylinder cup to its fully retracted position not necessarily a good ideal unless you have some express need or purpose to do so as it will overflow your brake fluid reservoir. So be prepared with a clean new "turkey baster" and a clean jar to suction out of the reservoir of sufficient brake fluid to make room for the fluid you are forcing back to the reservoir. Since the cylinder sets in a rubber collar, very unlikely its rusted "frozen" in position. It is possible for the rubber collar to either deteriorate or be damaged, so look carefully at what you can see of the rubber collar with a magnifying glass, looking for any micro-cracks or signs of rubber dry-rot - - if found, replace, your life may depend upon it.

When finished installing new caliper pads with brake grease properly installed at points of metal to metal movement and retainer bolts properly torqued, and brake fluid reservoir properly filled, your first press of the brake may go all the way to the floor and you may need to pump the brakes several times to fully expand the caliper that you pressed backwards to its proper position. That may require refilling the brake fluid reservoir several times. If after pumping the brakes and getting a solid petal, it may be necessary to drive the vehicle backwards stomping on the brakes several times to set the rear brake shoe adjusters and raise the height of your brake pedal. If after replacing the calipers and adjusting you still have a spongy petal, it may be necessary to bleed air out of the brake lines for which there is an air bleed valve on each brake cylinder. Air bleed easiest accomplished with 2 people though devices are made for one person air bleeding. During air bleeding, the brake petal is slowly depressed and the air bleed valve momentarily opened. The end of the air bleed hose needs to be in brake fluid in a jar so that ejected brake fluid is captured and air cannot return. Using a clear air bleed hose lets you see when a solid flow without bubbles is released, then you have a good air bleed and can retighten the valve. You will need to refill the brake fluid reservoir several times during the air bleeding procedure. All four wheel cylinders must be air bled if any one or more brake cylinder opened or replaced. Any sign of a "wet" looking brake line or cylinder is a good reason to replace it even if you cannot identify the exact leak source.

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Do I need to bleed the old brake fluid of my nissan quest (1995)before refill the brake fluid reservoir, or can I mix the old one with the new one?

I don't see any reason why you couldn't just add brake fluid, it can be a bit involved in removing all the old brake fluid.

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Bleed brakes and refill with new fluid. Replace pads and rotors. Also, check for worn brake pins that are sticking.

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As the brake pads/shoes wear. Fluid level will decrease in the master cylinder resovoir. If the master cylinder ran empty you will need to refill with appropriate brake fluid (should say DOT 3 on cap) and bleed air from the system.

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Normally, just a pad replacement would not necessitate brake bleeding. Most calipers are held on by two bolts, so I think the website was right. The reason you could not get the caliper off (and I am guessing here) is that you did not push the piston(s) back into their bores before trying to remove the caliper. Pushing the pistons back is always necessary to give you enough room to get the new pads into place. A C-clamp does this job well. Before pushing on the pistons with the C-clamp, you need to remove the cover of the brake fluid reservoir under the hood and put a towel or something over the top of it. Pushing the pistons in will push brake fluid back through the lines into the reservoir and will often cause it to overflow.

It sounds like the bolt you removed that started the brake fluid dripping was in fact what is called a bleeder valve. Now that the brake lines have been opened, you may in fact have to bleed the brakes after you get the new pads installed.

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I suggest that you visit the website and register the car. It doesn't cost anything and you will have access to an online repair manual for the car. Pretty handy. The steps for replacing the brakes should be available there. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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The hard part is pressing the caliper piston abck into the caliper so you can get the new, thicker pads over the rotor. A large C Clamp works best.

SECTION 206-03: Front Disc Brake 2001 Villager Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Pads —Front Disc Brake Removal
  1. Remove the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
  1. Remove the front disc brake caliper bolts. torx bit. T20?
  1. Support the front disc brake caliper from the front strut and spring assembly using mechanics wire.
  1. Remove the front disc brake pads.
    1. Remove the outboard front disc brake pad.
    1. Remove the inboard front disc brake pad.
  1. s1v~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Make sure the master cylinder reservoir does not overfill and spill brake fluid while retracting the front disc brake caliper piston.
    NOTE: It is necessary to fully retract the front disc brake caliper piston in the bore before installing the front disc brake pads.
    Install the front disc brake pads.
    1. Install the inboard front disc brake pad.
    1. Install the outboard front disc brake pad.
Caution. The outer pads are left and right. put left on driver side.
  1. Position the front disc brake caliper on the front-wheel knuckle and install the brake caliper pin bolts.
  1. s1v~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: It is necessary to depress the brake pedal several times to position the front disc brake caliper piston before driving the vehicle.

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