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Old 01-03-2003, 09:16 PM
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up untill today my camaro never had any brake problems, tonight coming home from work i took a corner and aplyed the brakes and the brake light came one, well up untill today i didn't know if that thing worked or not, now i do so thats cool, i made it home safely, i poped the master cylinder cap off and sure enough one side was bone dry, few air bubbles to, great i get to bleed em, again, well first things first, gotta find out where that fluid went, but im kinda at a stall point here, i don't remeber which side of the master cylinder was which, small one drums? large disk? or was it the other way around? the small on was empty, help me out here

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Small one is always rear and big is front since 70% braking is done by the front!
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Your best bet at this point is to do a complete brake inspection and repair anything that is worn or questionable.

The failure indicates a lack of preventative maintenance.
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On a drum/disc set-up the front reservoir is bigger cause of the size of the caliper pistons and the amount of fluid needed to allow the caliper pistons to expand as the pads wear down. The wheel cylinders don't need that much fluid cause the shoes expand as they wear so even with the rear shoes wasted the wheel cylinders still haven't changed that much unlike the caliper pistons which almost come completely out of their bore requiring fluid to fill that piston area.
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