Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1989-1998 Repair Guide

Brake Master Cylinder

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



The use of fresh, uncontaminated brake fluid meeting or exceeding DOT 3 standards, or equivalent, is recommended.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 1: Brake fluid will permanently damage the front grille, so avoid spilling brake fluid on the grille during servicing

  1. Check the level of fluid in the brake master cylinder reservoir. The fluid should be maintained between the markings on the reservoir.
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Any sudden decrease in fluid level indicates a probable leak in the system and should be inspected immediately.

  1. Clean around the reservoir cap with a shop rag to prevent contaminating the fluid with dirt.
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  3. Remove the cap and add the required amount of fluid to the system.
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When making additions of fluid, use only fresh, uncontaminated brake fluid meeting or exceeding DOT 3 standards. Be careful not to spill any brake fluid on painted surfaces, because it will damage the paint. Do not allow the fluid container or brake fluid reservoir to remain open any longer than necessary; brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, reducing its effectiveness and causing brake line corrosion.

  1. Install the reservoir cap.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Wipe off the top of the brake master cylinder before removing the cap, to avoid contaminating the fluid with dirt



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Fig. Fig. 3: There are two caps for the master cylinder reservoir; be sure to open both and check the fluid level in both



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Fig. Fig. 4: Take care when adding brake fluid; it is corrosive and can damage surfaces of other components, especially paint

 
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