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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Hydraulic Brake System Flushing

Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual / Chassis / Brakes / Hydraulic Brakes / Hydraulic Brake System Flushing

Warning:

Refer to Brake Fluid Irritant Warning.

Caution:

Refer to Brake Fluid Effects on Paint and Electrical Components Caution.

  1. Inspect the brake fluid for the following conditions, indicating brake fluid contamination:
  • Inspect the master cylinder reservoir cap diaphragm and the reservoir-to-master cylinder grommets for swelling, indicating brake fluid contamination.
  • If the brake fluid WAS contaminated with an oil-based or a silicone-based substance, indicated by fluid separation and/or a swollen master cylinder reservoir cap diaphragm and/or swollen reservoir-to-master cylinder grommets, perform the following:
    1. Remove ALL of the following components listed from the vehicle. Each component contains internal rubber seals/linings which have been contaminated by the contaminated brake fluid in the brake hydraulic system.

      Refer to the procedures indicated:

  • Clean out all the hydraulic brake pipes using denatured alcohol, or equivalent.
  • Dry the brake pipes using non-lubricated, filtered air.
  • Repair or replace ALL of the following components listed and install them to the vehicle. Each component contains internal rubber seals/linings which have been contaminated by the contaminated brake fluid in the brake hydraulic system.

    Refer to the procedures indicated:

  • If the brake fluid WAS NOT contaminated with an oil-based or a silicone-based substance, but WAS contaminated with water or dirt, rust, corrosion, and/or brake dust, replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap diaphragm which may have allowed the moisture or particles to enter the hydraulic system.
  • Fill the brake master cylinder reservoir to the maximum-fill level with the approved brake fluid from a clean, sealed brake fluid container.
  • Pressure bleed the hydraulic brake system. Begin the procedure with the pressure bleeder reservoir filled to the maximum-fill level with the correct brake fluid as indicated. Refer to Hydraulic Brake System Bleeding.
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    Master Cylinder Reservoir Filling
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