Toyota Tercel 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Brake and Clutch Master Cylinders

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



All Tercels use DOT 3 or SAE J1703 brake fluid. The brake and clutch master cylinders use the same type of brake fluid.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

The brake and clutch master cylinders are located under the hood, in the left rear section of the engine compartment. They are made of translucent plastic so that the levels may be checked without removing the tops. The fluid level in both reservoirs should be checked at least every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 1 year. The fluid level should be maintained at the upper most mark on the side of the reservoir. Any sudden decrease in the level indicates a possible leaks in the system and should be checked immediately.

When making additions of brake fluid, use only fresh, uncontaminated brake fluid meeting or exceeding DOT 3 standards. Be careful not to spill any fluid on painted surfaces, as it eats the paint. Do not allow the fluid container or the master cylinder reservoir to remain open any longer than necessary; brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, reducing its effectiveness and causing corrosion in the lines.



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Fig. Fig. 1: The fluid level should be between the MAX and MIN lines on master cylinder reservoirs



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Fig. Fig. 2: Clean the top of the master cylinder filler cap before removing it to prevent dirt from entering the system



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Fig. Fig. 3: Adding brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir



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Fig. Fig. 4: Fill the master cylinder slowly to prevent the creation of air bubbles in the system

 
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