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What are the Symptoms of a Failing Brake Master Cylinder?

The master cylinder is a vital component of the car's braking system. This cylinder is the principal valve through which brake fluid is pushed to make the calipers press brake pads on the rotors.

In essence, this means it plays a significant role in making the car stop when you apply brakes. Any problem with the master cylinder can lead to an accident while you are on the road.

Some of the symptoms of master cylinder failure you should be on the lookout for include:

1. Check Engine Light Indicates

The check engine light has sensors that detect any part of the engine that has malfunctioned. When it comes on, you need an expert to diagnose the problem. If the problem is with the master cylinder, take appropriate action as soon as possible.

2. The Brake Pedal Behaves Abnormally

A problem with the brake master cylinder will cause the brake pedal to behave abnormally. All the pressure in the braking system is generated from the master cylinder. If it malfunctions, the cylinder will not distribute pressure properly, and the pedal will be affected.

When you continue using your car will a bad cylinder, it will wear out and start leaking. The pedal will also feel spongy, mushy, and may sink far down when pressed.

3. Brake Fluid Leakage

If you notice any leakage from the brake master cylinder, it may indicate that the cylinder has problems. For the cylinder to work well, it needs an adequate amount of brake fluid to exert enough pressure to stop the car. When the fluid leaks, you'll find it difficult to stop the vehicle.

4. Brake Fluid Gets Contaminated

If your brake fluid gets contaminated, it would mean that the master cylinder has some problems. There are rubber seals on the master cylinder that wear out and break down with continuous use.

When that happens, the brake fluid will get contaminated. When the seals are damaged, the cylinder will not hold fluid or brake pressure effectively, and this will cause the pedal to be mushy.

If you need brake master cylinder repair, give our auto repair shop a call today!