Can I get brake Master cylinder replacement instructions?

Tiny
JEFFERSON08
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  • 2012 FORD FUSION
  • 202,000 MILES
About a month ago my brakes started going out on my car to the point where they are straight to the floor now; the brakes don't work at all. I need to replace the master cylinder Thanks so much in advance.
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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 AT 3:29 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

If the brake pedal goes to the floor, first make sure there are no hydraulic leaks in the brake system. Make sure the brake fluid reservoir is full. If it is, chances are the brake master cylinder is bad.

Take a look through this link:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/brake-pedal-goes-to-the-floor

If you find the master cylinder is bad, replacing it isn't too hard of a job. When you get the replacement part, make sure it has a lifetime warranty. That way, you'll never have to pay for it again.

First, here is a link that shows how in general one is replaced. You can use this as a guide.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-brake-master-cylinder

The new brake master cylinder will need bench bled before install. Here is a video that shows how that is done:

https://youtu.be/WDxvEQrMkBg

Here are directions specific to your vehicle. The attached pics below correlate with the directions.

BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER
Brake Master Cylinder

NOTE: Automatic transmission shown, manual transmission similar.
NOTE: Non-hybrid vehicle shown, hybrid vehicle similar.

Removal and Installation
WARNING: Do not use any fluid other than clean brake fluid meeting manufacturer's specification. Additionally, do not use brake fluid that has been previously drained. Following these instructions will help prevent system contamination, brake component damage and the risk of serious personal injury.
WARNING: Carefully read cautionary information on product label. For emergency medical information seek medical advice. For additional information, consult the product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) if available. Failure to follow these instructions may result in serious personal injury.
NOTICE: Do not spill brake fluid on painted or plastic surfaces or damage to the surface may occur. If brake fluid is spilled onto a painted or plastic surface, immediately wash the surface with water.

1. Remove the brake fluid reservoir. For additional information, refer to Brake Fluid Reservoir See: Brake Fluid Reservoir > Removal and Replacement > Brake Fluid Reservoir.

2. If equipped with a manual transmission, disconnect the clutch master cylinder feed hose.
- Plug the clutch master cylinder feed hose.

3. Disconnect the brake master cylinder brake tube fittings, plug the brake tubes and the brake master cylinder ports.
- Non-hybrid vehicles: To install, tighten to 28 Nm (21 lb-ft).

- Hybrid vehicles: To install, tighten to 20 Nm (177 lb-in).

4. NOTICE: Use only hand tools to remove and install the fasteners or damage to the booster may occur.

Remove the 2 brake master cylinder nuts.

- To install, tighten to 20 Nm (177 lb-in).

5. Remove the brake master cylinder.

6. NOTICE: Do not allow the flexible portion of the brake tubes to twist during installation, or damage to the brake tubes may occur.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.

- Bleed the master cylinder. For additional information, refer to Section 206-00 See: Brakes and Traction Control > Mechanical > Brake System - General Information.

- If equipped with a manual transmission, bleed the clutch master cylinder. For additional information, refer to Manual Transmission/Transaxle &/or Clutch, M/T.

7. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
- If a new brake master cylinder has been installed, bleed the master cylinder. Refer to Component Bleeding.

- If the brake master cylinder was removed to access other components, bleed the brake system. Refer to Brake System Bleeding.

8. If equipped with a manual transmission, bleed the clutch master cylinder. For additional information, refer to Manual Transmission/Transaxle &/or Clutch, M/T.

Check out the diagrams (Below). Let us know what happens and please upload pictures or videos of the problem.
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Friday, March 12th, 2021 AT 10:42 PM
Tiny
DAN1971PEACHER
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  • 2011 FORD FUSION
  • 2.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 219,000 MILES
We to use car and had no brake pressure. Upon investigation, rear calipers had been leaking. Replaced both calipers and bleed bbn other sides. Drivers side has really good pressure, passenger side just barely trickles out and will not operate the caliper piston. Most vehicles I've worked on have had the defuser block on the back end where the line splits to either side, this one does not. There are two individual line coming back from the engine compartment. Does this vehicle have some sort of ABS block located somewhere and could that be the problem?
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Monday, March 29th, 2021 AT 10:28 AM (Merged)
Tiny
KASEKENNY1
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Yes. This vehicle has has a split system. Basically it is each opposite corner is one system from the master cylinder. It is split right out of the master cylinder so if you are not getting much fluid out then we need to inspect each component. I would suggest with starting with the master cylinder and bleed that and see if you have fluid. If you do then you just have not bled them enough.

I attached all the detail on how to bleed each component so let's run through this and see what we find. Again, start at the beginning of the system which is the master cylinder.

Let me know if you have questions. Thanks.
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Monday, March 29th, 2021 AT 10:28 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMDOUBLE
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The Fusions are notorious for this problem after a caliper blowout or any other kind of brake fluid leak because they absolutely have to be pressure bled 30-50 psi with a pressure bleeder, absolutely or you will chase your tail for days!
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Monday, March 29th, 2021 AT 10:28 AM (Merged)
Tiny
STCFOSTER
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  • 2010 FORD FUSION
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 37,500 MILES
Our 2010 Ford Fusion was just in the shop for its 37500 scheduled maintenance which included a tire rotation. The very next day we had to make a 400 mile round trip. After a 150 miles of expressway driving we pulled for gas. We pulled into a tire shop for quick inspection. It took him about 30 seconds to see that the brake master was leaking can you help me fix it please? Thank you.
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Monday, March 29th, 2021 AT 10:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

Replacing a master cylinder really isn't too hard to do. It will require a few steps that may be difficult if you are along the road and not in a shop. Regardless, here is a link that shows in general how it's done. You can use this as a guide.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-brake-master-cylinder

If you look at the pics below, they include directions specific to your vehicle along with pics for replacement.

Also, you will need to bench bleed the new master cylinder. Here is a quick video showing how it's done:.

https://youtu.be/WDxvEQrMkBg

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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