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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.
  • Hydraulic Brake System Description and Operation
    System Component Description The hydraulic brake system consists of the following: Hydraulic Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir Contains a supply of brake fluid for the hydraulic br ...

    Master Cylinder Reservoir Filling
    Warning: Refer to Brake Fluid Irritant Warning. Caution: Refer to Brake Fluid Effects on Paint and Electrical Components Caution. Visually inspect the brake fluid level through the ...

    Other materials:

    Brake Dust Warning
    Warning: Avoid taking the following actions when you service wheel brake parts: Do not grind brake linings. Do not sand brake linings. Do not clean wheel brake parts with a dry brush or with compressed air. Some models or aftermarket brake parts may contain asbestos fiber ...

    Brake Rotor Surface and Wear Inspection
    Warning: Refer to Brake Dust Warning. If the inboard friction surface of the brake rotor is not accessible, reposition and support the caliper with the brake pads. Refer to Front Disc Brake Pads Replacement. Clean the friction surfaces of the brake rotor with denatured alcohol, or ...

    Throttle Body Heater Inlet Hose Replacement (LUW)
    Throttle Body Heater Inlet Hose Replacement Callout Component Name Preliminary Procedure Remove the air cleaner outlet duct. Refer to Air Cleaner Outlet Duct Replacement. Drain the cooling system. Refer to Cooling System ...

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