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What is the Master Cylinder

The master cylinder is located in the engine compartment on the firewall, directly in front of the driver's seat. A master cylinder is actually two completely separate master cylinders housed in one with each handling two wheels. If one side fails, you will still be able to stop the car.

The brake warning light on the dash will light if either side fails, alerting you to the problem. Master cylinders have become very reliable and rarely malfunction; however, the most common problem that they experience is an internal leak. This will cause the brake pedal to slowly sink to the floor when your foot applies steady pressure. Letting go of the pedal and immediately stepping on it again brings the pedal back to normal height.

If you need to replace your master cylinder watch a video on how to do it yourself and save.

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