Honda Civic/Del Sol 1996-2000

Brake Master Cylinder



Use only Honda®, or equivalent brake fluid meeting DOT 3 or DOT 4 specifications from a clean, sealed container. Using any other type of fluid may result in severe brake system damage.

Brake fluid damages paint. It also absorbs moisture from the air; never leave a container or the master cylinder uncovered longer than necessary. All parts in contact with the brake fluid (master cylinder, hoses, plunger assemblies, etc.) must be kept clean, since any contamination of the brake fluid will adversely affect braking performance.


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Fig. The fluid level should be between these two marks on the reservoir

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Fig. To add fluid, remove the cap

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Fig. Use a funnel to prevent spills

It should be obvious how important the brake system is to safe operation of your vehicle. The brake fluid is key to the proper operation of your vehicle. Low levels of fluid indicate a need for service (there may be a leak in the system or the brake pads may just be worn and in need of replacement). In any case, the brake fluid level should be inspected at least during every oil change, but more often is desirable. Every time you open the hood is a good time to glance at the master cylinder reservoir.

To check the fluid level, look on the side of the reservoir to see how high the fluid level is against the markings on the side of the reservoir. The level should be at the MAX mark. If not, remove the reservoir cap, then add the proper amount of DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid to bring the level up to MAX.

When making additions of brake fluid, use only fresh, uncontaminated brake fluid which meets or exceeds DOT 3 standards. Be careful not to spill any brake fluid on painted surfaces, as it will quickly eat the paint. Do not allow the brake fluid container or the master cylinder to remain open any longer than necessary; brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, reducing the fluid's effectiveness and causing corrosion in the lines.