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Want to learn more about Brake Master Cylinder repairs?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does a brake master cylinder do?

The brake master cylinder is used to create pressure in the brake hydraulic system, forcing the brake caliper piston to move out and apply the brakes.

What does a brake master cylinder replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will inspect the brake system.
  • Mechanic will check the brake master cylinder to establish if it should be replaced.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the brake master cylinder.
  • Mechanic will renew the brake fluid.
  • Mechanic will bleed the brake system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the brake system and will, if deemed safe, do a test drive.

Can I do a brake master cylinder replacement myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a brake master cylinder repair is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a bad master cylinder?

  • When the brake pedal feels soft under braking and continues to the floor without pressure.

How long will a brake master cylinder replacement take?

On average, brake master cylinder repair times can range from under 1 hour to 1.5 hours with an average of around 1 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace the brake master cylinder?

The master cylinder has internal and external seals which can wear out over time. When the external seals are worn brake fluid can leak out and prevent the brakes from working correctly. Should the internal seal fail, the system will not create sufficient pressure in the hydraulic system, so replacing the master cylinder is imperative and with immediate effect as braking performance will deteriorate and it can potentially lead to dangerous situations on the road. In this instance, it is advisable that you do not drive the car but have the system checked over as soon as possible by a mechanic who can come to you.

How long does a master cylinder last?

Although it's not a common failure point on vehicles, obviously wear and tear will take its toll over time and eventually like everything where rubber acts against a metal surface it will wear out.

Can you drive with a bad master cylinder?

If you experience any untoward characteristics in your braking, or if you suspect there is any issue with the brake master cylinder or there are concerns about its age or condition, book a diagnostic inspection immediately and do not drive the vehicle. Driving with a bad brake master cylinder can impair brake performance and safety, and can be lethal.

Is a faulty brake master cylinder an MOT failure?

Yes, if a fault is found with the brake master cylinder then your car can fail its MOT. For example if it is defective, leaking or mounted insecurely. You can then expect that a major or dangerous defect is recorded.

How much does it cost to replace a brake master cylinder?

A brake master cylinder repair generally costs between £195 and £315 with an average price of £245. Ultimately, the cost of a brake master cylinder replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your brake master cylinder replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a brake master cylinder repair, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Brake master cylinder and Brake fluid. We have brake master cylinder repair prices for 36 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£303 £313 - £503 Get exact price

Audi

£346 £334 - £601 Get exact price

BMW

£397 £359 - £780 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£351 £357 - £407 Get exact price

Citroen

£193 £219 - £327 Get exact price

Dacia

£222 £237 - £301 Get exact price

Dodge

£222 £253 - £299 Get exact price

Fiat

£232 £220 - £424 Get exact price

Ford

£260 £286 - £409 Get exact price

Honda

£333 £291 - £634 Get exact price

Hyundai

£439 £360 - £687 Get exact price

Iveco

£221 £285 - £347 Get exact price

Jaguar

£381 £481 - £519 Get exact price

Kia

£266 £264 - £482 Get exact price

Land Rover

£304 £239 - £554 Get exact price

LDV

£223 £274 - £333 Get exact price

Lexus

£427 £483 - £676 Get exact price

Mazda

£469 £478 - £644 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£299 £291 - £501 Get exact price

MG

£222 £280 - £301 Get exact price

MINI

£262 £274 - £397 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£265 £314 - £368 Get exact price

Nissan

£461 £294 - £833 Get exact price

Peugeot

£204 £237 - £318 Get exact price

Porsche

£636 £726 - £726 Get exact price

Renault

£277 £258 - £504 Get exact price

Rover

£245 £300 - £324 Get exact price

Saab

£244 £268 - £305 Get exact price

SEAT

£275 £307 - £444 Get exact price

Skoda

£306 £296 - £447 Get exact price

Subaru

£373 £434 - £434 Get exact price

Suzuki

£229 £263 - £314 Get exact price

Toyota

£282 £250 - £500 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£237 £264 - £375 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£345 £290 - £661 Get exact price

Volvo

£323 £241 - £559 Get exact price

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  • Microcar
  • Metrocab
  • Hummer
  • Jeep
  • Reva
  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Bentley
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Austin
  • Daewoo
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Chrysler
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Aston Martin
  • Daihatsu
  • Isuzu
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Proton
  • Ssangyong
  • London Taxi's International
  • Smart

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a brake master cylinder repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Brake Master Cylinder repair quotes

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£470.35

Brake master cylinder replacement

Volkswagen Golf Plus
Stourbridge
£241.13

Brake master cylinder replacement

Volkswagen Polo
Haslemere
£456.05

Brake master cylinder replacement

Volkswagen Golf
Sheffield
£165.11

Brake master cylinder replacement

Citroen Saxo
Holyhead

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