How to Refill the Hydraulic Fluid Bottle of a Rover 214 Cabriolet | eHow

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How to Refill the Hydraulic Fluid Bottle of a Rover 214 Cabriolet


Drive the car onto a clean, level surface. Set the parking brake and open the hood. Locate the hydraulic fluid reservoir attached to the brake master cylinder, mounted on the round black vacuum servo unit on the left side of the engine compartment.

The #8220;Max#8221; and #8220;Min#8221; levels are marked with two horizontal lines; the brake fluid is visible through the reservoir#8217;s white opaque plastic.

Clean the hydraulic reservoir filler cap and the surrounding area thoroughly with a fresh piece of mutton cloth. If there is any grime embedded in the base of the cap where it meets the reservoir, spray the area with carburetor cleaner and remove every trace of dirt with the mutton cloth before opening the cap.

Tips Warnings

Keep a fresh container of hydraulic brake fluid on your garage shelf. If you have just purchased your supplies, allow the container to stand for a minimum of 24 hours to allow trapped air bubbles to dissipate before topping-up the brake reservoir.

Never use hydraulic fluid if the container lid has been left open. Glycol-ether based hydraulic fluid is hygroscopic, so it tends to absorb moisture from the air. Any moisture in the system will corrode the brake and master cylinders, destroy seals, and eventually cause brake failure and possible injury or death.

Check both the engine oil and hydraulic fluid levels on your Rover 214 every time you fill up with gas. If you need to add hydraulic fluid regularly, you probably have a leak in the system. Drive the car onto a pair of wheel ramps, chock the rear wheels, set the parking brake and inspect the system thoroughly. Look for oily stains on the brake pipes. Check tighten every hydraulic pipe union nut on all four wheels and around the master cylinder.

Check tighten all brake bleed screws located on the brake cylinders on all four wheels. Start the engine and have an assistant press steadily down on the brake pedal. Run a final inspection to ensure that there are no more leaks before resuming regular use of the car.

Check the condition of the brake fluid at least twice a year. Dip a piece of fresh wooden dowel into the reservoir before adding fluid. Remove the dowel and let the fluid drip onto a clean white rag.

Inspect the fluid to ensure that it is transparent and uncontaminated. If you detect dirt in the fluid, you will have to drain and flush the system, and then bleed the brakes to prevent damaging the seals in the brake and master cylinders.

Wear safety glasses when handling hydraulic fluid; the volatile glycol/ether mixture can cause severe injury if you get any in your eyes. If you happen to handle a rag soaked with fluid, wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible.

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