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Rover 400 Series Brake Fluid

Brake Fluid level check
Warning Warning: Brake fluid can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces, so use caution when handling and pouring it. Do not use fluid which has been standing open for some time, as it is hygroscopic and absorbs moisture from the air, this can cause a dangerous loss of braking effectiveness. Do not leave open containers of Brake fluid about, the fluid is poisonous and can damage pait work if spilt.

The Rover 400 series like most vehicles uses a sealed hydraulic brake system, wear in pads and shoes will mean that the system may require top up from time to time, however if the reservoir requires repeated topping up, this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the system. Should this be the case the vehicle should not be driven until the braking system has been compleatly checked.

Master Cylinder
Master Cylinder

The brake master cylinder and fluid reservoir is mounted on the vacuum servo unit. The MAX and MIN level marks are indicated on the side of the reservoir and the fluid level should be maintained between these marks at all times. If topping-up is necessary, wipe the area around the filler cap with a clean rag before removing the cap. Be sure to use only the specified brake hydraulic fluid since mixing different types of fluid can cause damage to the system. Before adding fluid, it's a good idea to inspect the reservoir. The system should be drained and refilled if dirt is seen in the fluid. Carefully add fluid avoiding spilling it on surrounding paintwork. After filling to the correct level, refit the cap securely, to prevent leaks and the entry of foreign matter. Ensure that the fluid level switch plunger is free to move. Wipe off any spilt fluid.

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