Toyota Pick-ups, Land Cruiser, and 4 Runner 1997-00

Master Cylinder (Brake and Clutch)

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All models have the brake master cylinder reservoir on the left side of the firewall under the hood. Trucks and 4Runners with manual transmissions use a hydraulic (fluid actuated) clutch. The clutch fluid reservoir is located in the same area as brake reservoir. The clutch master cylinder uses the same fluid as the brakes, and should be checked at the same time as the brake master cylinder.



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Fig. The brake master cylinder is attached to the booster



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Fig. The clutch master cylinder is located next to the brake master cylinder

FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



Use only Heavy Duty Brake fluid meeting DOT 3 or SAE J1703 specifications.

LEVEL CHECK



The fluid in the brake and/or clutch master cylinders should be checked every six months or 6,000 miles (9,600 km). Check the fluid level at the side of the reservoir. If fluid is required, thoroughly wipe the top of the reservoir and the sides of the plastic housing with a rag before opening. The fluid must be kept free from dirt and grit. Fill the reservoir to the MAX line in the reservoir. NEVER overfill the reservoir. Install the reservoir cap, making sure the gasket is properly seated in the cap.


WARNING
Brake fluid damages painted surfaces. If any fluid is spilled, immediately clean it off with plenty of clean water. It also absorbs moisture from the air; NEVER leave a container of fluid or the master cylinder or the clutch cylinder uncovered any longer than necessary.

It is normal for the fluid level to fall as the disc brake pads wear. However, if the master cylinder requires filling frequently, you should check the system for leaks in the hoses, master cylinder, or wheel cylinders.



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Fig. The brake fluid level must be between the MIN and MAX lines on the side of the reservoir



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Fig. As you can see on this brake master cylinder reservoir, the fluid level is slightly low



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Fig. Use a clean funnel and take care to keep brake fluid off painted surfaces



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Fig. Adding brake fluid to the brake master cylinder reservoir



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Fig. Check the fluid level on the side of the clutch master cylinder reservoir. If necessary, lift the cap . . .



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Fig. . . . then fill to the appropriate line with DOT 3 fluid

 
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