Ford Contour/Mystique/Cougar 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Clutch Master Cylinder


The clutch uses the same reservoir as the brake fluid.

The Contour/Mystique/Cougar is equipped with a hydraulic clutch control system. The system consists of a fluid reservoir, master cylinder, pressure line and a slave cylinder. The hydraulic clutch control system is tapped into the brake master cylinder reservoir and utilizes brake fluid for its operation.


Use a DOT 3 brake fluid meeting Ford specifications, such as Ford Heavy Duty Brake Fluid.

Clean, high quality brake fluid is essential to the safe and proper operation of the brake system. You should always buy the highest quality brake fluid that is available. If the brake fluid becomes contaminated, drain and flush the system, then refill the master cylinder with new fluid. Never reuse any brake fluid. Any brake fluid that is removed from the system should be discarded. Also, do not allow any brake fluid to come in contact with a painted surface; it will damage the paint.


Brake fluid contains polyglycol ethers and polyglycols. Avoid contact with the eyes and wash your hands thoroughly after handling brake fluid. If you do get brake fluid in your eyes, flush your eyes with clean, running water for 15 minutes. If eye irritation persists, or if you have taken brake fluid internally, IMMEDIATELY seek medical assistance.

Inspect the brake master cylinder fluid level through the translucent master cylinder reservoir. It should be between the MIN and MAX level marks embossed on the side of the reservoir. If the level is found to be low, remove the reservoir cap and fill to the MAX level with DOT 3 brake fluid.

Never reuse brake fluid that has been drained from the hydraulic system or fluid that has been allowed to stand in an open container for an extended period of time.