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Where is the fill line on my 1999 SL2 brake fluid reservoir? I cleaned the whole thing and don't see one printed on the reservoir. Is it the set of double lines in the part where the lid screws in?

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Yes the top line is full and the lower means you need to fill.

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1999 Dodge Neon / front callipers, front brakes, rotors in front, and driver side knuckle.

things that have to be checked during a brake replacement process
the caliper pistons have to move back easily when fitting new pads
the caliper body has to move freely on the mounting pins to allow the centralization on the disc rotor
the brake bleeder nipple has to be opened when pushing the pistons back as the displaced fluid build sup pressure in the reservoir
check that the fluid level in the reservoir is not above the full line
check the brake master cylinder is operational and compensating ports are not blocked
basically the problems is that the pads are in contact with the disc and that is generating heat. that heat expands the brake fluid that has to be allowed to flow back to the reservoir
if the expansion of fluid is prevented either by over full reservoir or faulty mastery cylinder preventing the free flow back to the reservoir then the expansion applies the pad more tightly to the disc which in turns creates more heat and more expansion of the fluid
At this point and before you do anything else ,my steps would be to flush the system out using metholated spirits by filling the reservoir and then bleeding each wheel until clear fluid came out
when this is accomplished any black junk in the system is removed
fill the reservoir with new brake fluid and repeat the bleeding process until only brake fluid comes out
Metholated spirits is compatible with brake fluids and is recommended for the purpose
having cleaned out the system and ensured the free movement of the calipers on the mounting pins the pads should be in light contact with the discs and hubs should spin free after brakes are applied and released
In practice pads always touch the disc as there is no method of pulling the ads back and it is the air friction between pad and spinning disc that gives a minute clearance when travelling and if that ability is not allowed then the problems that you have will result

Oct 12, 2015 | Dodge Cars & Trucks


Power Steering Noise Grand Caravan & Town & Country

2001-2007 Models Do you hear your power steering wining. Been to the dealer saying "Its the pump going bad"......"System needs to be flushed, fluid is dirty" & my favroite "Your rack is bad". Folks 90% of the problems is the power steering reservoir filter. To change this filter you have to change the reservoir. The reservoir has 2 hoses attached to it, one small(return line), one large(exit/feed line). When the fluid returns to the reservoir through the small line into the reservoir & through the filter, back into the system. Filters get cloged. To change you will need. One NEW Reservoir $28 Chrysler Part # 4743012AA , buy this first looking at it explains alot. 2qts ATF 4 $11 to change the fluid in the system. Socket set with 6mm to 10mm & 4in extension, 1 channel lock to remove clamps on lines, flat head screwdriver. Old towels or rags, 1 turkey baster $1, 1 paint nipple or small ballon to fit over the small return line opening on the new reservoir(SEE PART #2!!!), 1 old clear washer fliud jug. To remove the reservoir sitting right on top to the drivers side. You will need a 2nd person for PART #2. Run car 10 min. to warm up the fluid & get it pumping through the system. Shut car off, put towels around the reservoir. Remove cap throw away. Using the turkey baster remove as much of the fluid as you can. Remove & slide the clamps back out of the way 6in. Remove lines fluid will come out of the lines. Remove the 2 bolts from the mounting bracket( DO NOT LOSE). Snap or cut the clip holding the 2 cable on the front of the reservoir. Looking at the new reservoir see the slot on the bottom, theres a 10mm bolt underneath. Use 10mm & extension, loosen the bolt only. Remove reservoir. When putting new one on DON"T PUT the RETURN LINE ON. Part #2 New reservoir in place???? Everything tight ,but not over tightened?? Remove some of the towels except under the return line area. Using the paint nipple place over the return line opening on the reservoir, this is important that the system retains presure. Smash the old washer fluid jub to place into the engine compartment up near the reservoir, DON'T LET TOUCH THE EXHAUST. Place the return line in the jug. Fill the reservoir to the top, but not into the neck. Place cap on reservoir. With a 2nd person starting the car for 3 or 4 seconds. Window or door open so they can hear you say "shut it off". Watch the fluid level drop in the reservoir, DON"T LET IT RUN EMPTY!!!! Holding the jug when doing this the old fluid will pump out of the system into the jug, you will be able to see this with the clear jug.. Repeat untill 1qt of fluid has been added to the reservoir & pumped through the system. Remove jug from car, empty the fluid into the empty AFT 4 bottle. Put jug back into place, repeat the Fill/Start/Shut off. Is the fluid running clean REAL RED into the jug, if not repeat till it runs RED. Remove paint nipple place line on quickly. Put clamp into place. Fill the reservoir to the top fill line. Remove all towels. Start the van, check the fluid level.Fill if needed. To bleed the system of any air that might have gotten in, with the car running turn the wheel all the way to one side & then the other without hitting the stops do this about 10 times. Check for leaks. Check fluid level. Your done clean up mess. Hope all your noise has gone away..... 2003 Grand Caravan ES by Chris

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What kind of fluid and how much do i need to fill my clutch reservoir, the line is clogged and i already have a new reservoir on the way i also needed to know how to clear the clutch fluid line and i...

when you get the new reservoir , fill it and fill it with methylated spirits
use that to flush out the clutch hydraulic system
when you have clean fluid at the clutch slave cylinder bleed screw . the refill with brake fluid and bleed through until you have brake fluid
without the make and model and type of equipment , there is no answer for the rest

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Brake go to the grand

Could be bad brake line, master cylinder, empty reservoir, or problem at one or more wheels. First thing to check would be if there is fluid in the master cylinder reservoir. If not, fill with proper fluid and pump the brake pedal to see if you get response. If so, you will have to have the brakes bled to remove any air in the lines. If there is fluid in the reservoir, then the problem is either a bad line or issues at one or more wheels.

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Where is the dipstick for checking the brake fluid

The brake fluid reservoir does not use a dipstick for checking levels.

The reservoir is located on the driver side of the vehicle in the engine compartment, directly in front of the firewall and to the left of the strut tower.

It has a black cap on it that will have the fluid type required and a warning about cleaning the cap before removing it. This helps prevent anything from contaminating the fluid. If you see that the reservoir is dirty, cleaning it will reveal the fill line for the fluid level. Fill with the described fluid requirement on the cap.

Sep 03, 2011 | 1998 Ford Escort

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I poured transmission fluid in my brake resevior

I don't claim to be an expert on this, so see if you can get other opinions.
I think what you have to do is empty the brake reservoir, including sopping up the fluid on the surfaces. I would probably suggest putting clean brake fluid in and using that to "rinse" the inside of the reservoir.
Then, go to each wheel and bleed completely until all trans fluid is out and only brake fluit comes out the bleeder.
I'm not sure, but I think a mechanic has a system to pressure bleed the brake system, call one to get an estimate.


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No clutch peddel. will go in gear and pull if eng ine is off. enough peddel to keep car from moving , can not shift.

check that there is fluid in teh clutch reservoir under the hood.

if you pop hte hood on the drivers side (right side) of the engine in the back right corner of the engine bay you will see two fluid reservoirs each wwith a grey cap. the one closer to the front of hte car is the brake fluid, behind it is for the clutch. It should be filled between the min and max lines printed on teh side. you fill the reservoir with dot3 brake fluid. It is important that you don't let any contaminates or water get into the fluid so most people try to use a fresh botle every time they top it off.

after that you really should have yoru ****** fluid changed or at least inspected for proper fill amount.

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Replacing slave cylinder?

remove the brake lines with a tubing wrench pull the lines away just enough to remove the master cylinder remove the two nuts and remove the master cylinder don't get any brake fluid on the paint it (will) remove the paint when you have it in your hand drain the fluid and the plastic reservoir you will have to work at it now its time to install the new one. start by putting the plastic reservoir and put the master cylinder back in and tighten down most times they come with two plastic fittings with small hoses screw the two blue plastic fittings in put the two hoses on . now its time to put ni the fluid dot3 brake fluid unless other wise posted fill to the fill line no more no less. have some one pump the brakes easy so you don't get it every ware when you don't see any more air coming out of the lines it is time to put the lines back on. once they are tight tap the peddle 5or 6 times so you get the air out of the lines once that is done check the level one more time to make sure its full and the cap can be put back on... hope this helps you bob

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How do i bleed the brakes on a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am?

Bleeding the Brake System
When any part of the hydraulic system has been disconnected for repair or
replacement, air may get into the lines and cause spongy pedal action (because
air can be compressed and brake fluid cannot). To correct this condition, it is
necessary to bleed the hydraulic system so to be sure all air is purged.

When bleeding the brake system, bleed one brake cylinder at a time, beginning
at the cylinder with the longest hydraulic line (farthest from the master
cylinder) first. ALWAYS Keep the master cylinder reservoir filled with brake
fluid during the bleeding operation. Never use brake fluid that has been drained
from the hydraulic system, no matter how clean it is.

The primary and secondary hydraulic brake systems are separate and are bled
independently. During the bleeding operation, do not allow the reservoir to run
dry. Keep the master cylinder reservoir filled with brake fluid.

  1. Clean all dirt from around the master cylinder fill cap, remove the cap and
    fill the master cylinder with brake fluid until the level is within 1/4 I n.
    (6mm) of the top edge of the reservoir.
  2. Clean the bleeder screws at all 4 wheels. The bleeder screws are located on
    the top of the brake calipers.
  3. Attach a length of rubber hose over the bleeder screw and place the other
    end of the hose in a glass jar, submerged in brake fluid.
  4. Starting at the right rear proceed in this order left front, left rear and
    right front.
  5. Open the bleeder screw 1/2 - 3/4 turn. Have an assistant slowly depress the
    brake pedal.
  6. Close the bleeder screw and tell your assistant to allow the brake pedal to
    return slowly. Continue this process to purge all air from the system.
  7. When bubbles cease to appear at the end of the bleeder hose, close the
    bleeder screw and remove the hose.
  8. Check the master cylinder fluid level and add fluid accordingly. Do this
    after bleeding each wheel.
  9. Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level.

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Brake light

I had this same problem on my ES300. The brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir was BARELY under the full line and this was causing the brake light to illuminate believe it or not. Some ES300's are just more sensitive than others. I went ahead and removed the inner plastic screen and sucked out as much of the fluid as I could using a turkey baster and then refilled with fresh fluid all the way to the fill line and the light never cam back on.Remember, even if it's just a millimeter below on these certain sensitive models it can set it off. Other people might have the identical car and not have the issue. It just depends. Replacing the fluid as I did may not be necessary and a simple fill might do but it would be a good idea to go ahead and fill the reservoir with fresh fluid.

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