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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.

How does a brake master cylinder work and what are the components?

When you apply pressure to the brake pedal it forces the piston inside the cylinder to pressurise the brake hydraulic system. This pressure then transfers down the brake pipes and hoses to the brake caliper and forces the piston out the other end - and pushes the brake pads into the brake discs and slows the wheels.

In its simplest form, putting your foot on the brakes is like plunging the handle on a bicycle pump. Push the handle down and it creates pressure at the other end!

Inside the cylinder is a rod with a piston on the end that either has a rubber cup on it or a rubber sealing band around it. The brakes lines are then screwed into the unit so they are sealed. This rod protrudes from the other end of the cylinder and is pushed in by the brake pedal as you push down on it. That is basically it!

How do you know there is something wrong with a brake master cylinder?

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

When should you consider replacing a 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 common is a brake master cylinder replacement?

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.

What happens during a brake master cylinder replacement?

  • 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.

How much does a brake master cylinder replacement cost?

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!

How much does a Brake Master Cylinder repair cost?

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36 manufacturers for Brake Master Cylinder Repair

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £179.36 - £361.55

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 12

£303

£228 - £372

£313 - £503

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Audi

Parts costs: £181.24 - £416.16

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 253

£346

£240 - £440

£334 - £601

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BMW

Parts costs: £199.80 - £551.32

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 185

£397

£260 - £574

£359 - £780

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £188.80 - £276.46

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# of quotes: 18

£351

£254 - £296

£357 - £407

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Citroen

Parts costs: £100.80 - £185.51

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# of quotes: 311

£193

£150 - £225

£219 - £327

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Dacia

Parts costs: £98.09 - £181.12

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 22

£222

£158 - £211

£237 - £301

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Dodge

Parts costs: £129.55 - £201.30

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# of quotes: 2

£222

£179 - £217

£253 - £299

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Fiat

Parts costs: £124.80 - £293.83

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# of quotes: 219

£232

£160 - £310

£220 - £424

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Ford

Parts costs: £152.07 - £245.99

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# of quotes: 1068

£260

£204 - £287

£286 - £409

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Honda

Parts costs: £152.07 - £458.16

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# of quotes: 95

£333

£207 - £470

£291 - £634

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £227.69 - £582.79

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# of quotes: 48

£439

£271 - £538

£360 - £687

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Iveco

Parts costs: £147.01 - £238.58

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# of quotes: 4

£221

£202 - £253

£285 - £347

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £309.97 - £409.85

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# of quotes: 71

£381

£364 - £396

£481 - £519

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Kia

Parts costs: £138.80 - £351.60

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# of quotes: 86

£266

£188 - £358

£264 - £482

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £142.80 - £434.16

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# of quotes: 154

£304

£176 - £422

£239 - £554

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LDV

Parts costs: £146.80 - £235.53

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# of quotes: 6

£223

£196 - £245

£274 - £333

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Lexus

Parts costs: £284.86 - £534.99

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# of quotes: 25

£427

£356 - £517

£483 - £676

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Mazda

Parts costs: £321.35 - £546.17

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# of quotes: 124

£469

£368 - £504

£478 - £644

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £152.30 - £349.22

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# of quotes: 198

£299

£207 - £367

£291 - £501

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MG

Parts costs: £169.75 - £203.70

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 6

£222

£208 - £219

£280 - £301

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MINI

Parts costs: £146.80 - £212.49

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# of quotes: 98

£262

£196 - £270

£274 - £397

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £134.80 - £215.83

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 25

£265

£211 - £256

£314 - £368

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Nissan

Parts costs: £172.72 - £713.28

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# of quotes: 50

£461

£216 - £654

£294 - £833

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £106.80 - £176.55

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 434

£204

£161 - £218

£237 - £318

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Porsche

Parts costs: £523.68 - £628.41

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# of quotes: 1

£636

£573 - £573

£726 - £726

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Renault

Parts costs: £124.72 - £319.26

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 343

£277

£179 - £359

£258 - £504

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Rover

Parts costs: £177.33 - £226.44

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# of quotes: 22

£245

£221 - £238

£300 - £324

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Saab

Parts costs: £141.80 - £206.73

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# of quotes: 17

£244

£191 - £221

£268 - £305

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SEAT

Parts costs: £147.30 - £280.52

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 85

£275

£213 - £316

£307 - £444

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Skoda

Parts costs: £147.30 - £294.65

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 87

£306

£207 - £322

£296 - £447

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Subaru

Parts costs: £288.96 - £346.75

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# of quotes: 1

£373

£333 - £333

£434 - £434

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £146.80 - £215.83

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# of quotes: 103

£229

£190 - £229

£263 - £314

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Toyota

Parts costs: £99.80 - £347.48

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 115

£282

£165 - £366

£250 - £500

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £138.80 - £244.56

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# of quotes: 618

£237

£188 - £269

£264 - £375

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £151.00 - £508.38

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# of quotes: 513

£345

£206 - £500

£290 - £661

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Volvo

Parts costs: £146.80 - £353.01

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# of quotes: 165

£323

£180 - £398

£241 - £559

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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