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[Datsun 1200 encyclopedia]

Change brake fluid

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Category: Brake System

The Periodical Maintenance and Lubrication Schedule calls for replacing the brake fluid every 24 months/24,000 miles.


Bleeding the hydraulic brake system is an essential factor for regular brake servicing.

  1. Top up the master cylinder reservoir with new brake fluid of the recommended type. DO NOT REUSE BRAKE FLUID
  2. Start with the far rear wheel cylinder. Thoroughly wipe from the bleeder screw any mud or dust present, so that the outlet hole is free from foreign matter
  3. Attach a vinyl hose to the wheel cylinder bleeder screw. Dip the end of the vinyl hose in a jar containing some brake fluid
  4. Crack open the bleeder screw
  5. Depress the brake pedal two or three times. Dirty (old) brake fluid should appear in the jar
  6. Check the master cylinder and top up as necessary.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until clean fluid comes out. Then close the bleeder screw.
  8. Repeat for the other rear brake, and then for each front wheel.

CAUTION: If the master cylinder is allowed to run empty, do a full brake bleeding operation.

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