1991 Ford Escort 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 177000 miles
I had an incident earlier this where the brake fluid reservoir got very low on fluid and the car wouldn't start (the clutch wouldn't work because of the low fluid level). I filled the reservoir and the car started/clutch worked again. I had a mechanic diagnose it as the Master cylinder going out. Since then I've kept the fluid level up but there is fluid leaking inside the car near the pedals and it's gotten on the floor, etc. There is nothing else wrong with the car at this time. The head gasket and radiator were replaced in 2003 and I just had the Idle air control valve cleaned because the car wouldn't idle after it was ran unless it sat for an hour in between use. My question is should I have the Master cylinder replaced and is that costly? The car has been a miracle because I'm the only owner and bought it new in 1990. I can't afford another car until possibly next year but I'm concerned about what will happen when that master cylinder finally fails.
Friday, October 10th, 2008 AT 6:08 PM