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Master Cylinder

I've been having a bad brake issue and during bleeding procedure I can not get the passenger rear and driver front calipers to bleed air. I do the two man procedure and while my friend holds down the brake I open the caliper bleeder valve and nothing comes out for the first few seconds but then just a little fluid starts seeping out. I've repeated it a dozen times on both and still the same. New fluid is coming out so I now its not a fluid issue. Also fluid seeps out of the lines if the banjo bolt isn't on them. If the car is running and I push the brakes the pedal stays down for a few seconds and slowly rises. One thing that has got my mind concerned is that the master cylinder is shot and reason is every time the pedal is pushed down there is a hissing sound coming from the master cylinder area. Any ideas? If I do end up having to replace it are the s and si master cylinders interchangeable?
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You have 88 s model?

Honda parts now is a great cross match source.
Type in p/n in the search bar and see the list of compatible cars. For more in depth searches use same method at their Acura site as well.

I like that they list discontinued items as well. That way you at least know the 'Honda' term used when searching for said part(s).
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Before I actually go all out on buying parts I'd like to hear what others have to say. The hissing sound is from the intake where the brake booster line goes. I didn't find any leaks on the hose.
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Hissing? Sounds like the brake booster itself has a hole/vacuum leak... When you press the brake, the booster opens the vacuum valve which assists by "sucking" the brake pedal down along with your foot pressure.

Just to verify your bleeding procedure that you followed... You should start with the farthest brake from the master cylinder which is the Passenger Rear, then the Driver Rear, Then the Passenger Front, and finally the Driver Front. Never let the fluid get down below the smaller part of the reservoir and ALWAYS close the bleeder screw before your helper lets up on the brake. As long as you are getting air out of that caliper, you should keep bleeding that wheel until you get a solid stream of fluid... With that said, you need to keep as much fluid in the reservoir as possible at ALL times. I would say re-top it off after every 2nd or 3rd pump. Also, do you still have the "Hockey Puck" in there? It's a little disk about the size of a 50 cent piece (The American currency, NOT the rapper ). That helps to keep it from churning air into the fluid when the pedal is let up. Once you go around the car, it wouldn't hurt to go around a 2nd time in the same order.

If you can't get a good bleed on those 2 wheels, maybe the brake hoses are either clogged or swolen shut. I have seen both. Also have seen the bleeder screw clogged. You can use a small drill bit or nail to clean out that hoe if needed.

Do you get a good flow when your helper pushes the brake pedal with the hose off either the RR or LF calipers?
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Before I actually go all out on buying parts I'd like to hear what others have to say. The hissing sound is from the intake where the brake booster line goes. I didn't find any leaks on the hose.
Even a pin hole is a biggy. Just for kix n giggles wrap the hose with electrical tape and replace the clamp(s). If you still have the squeeze clamps, replace 'em with new or band type.
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Hissing? Sounds like the brake booster itself has a hole/vacuum leak... When you press the brake, the booster opens the vacuum valve which assists by "sucking" the brake pedal down along with your foot pressure.

Just to verify your bleeding procedure that you followed... You should start with the farthest brake from the master cylinder which is the Passenger Rear, then the Driver Rear, Then the Passenger Front, and finally the Driver Front. Never let the fluid get down below the smaller part of the reservoir and ALWAYS close the bleeder screw before your helper lets up on the brake. As long as you are getting air out of that caliper, you should keep bleeding that wheel until you get a solid stream of fluid... With that said, you need to keep as much fluid in the reservoir as possible at ALL times. I would say re-top it off after every 2nd or 3rd pump. Also, do you still have the "Hockey Puck" in there? It's a little disk about the size of a 50 cent piece (The American currency, NOT the rapper ). That helps to keep it from churning air into the fluid when the pedal is let up. Once you go around the car, it wouldn't hurt to go around a 2nd time in the same order.

If you can't get a good bleed on those 2 wheels, maybe the brake hoses are either clogged or swolen shut. I have seen both. Also have seen the bleeder screw clogged. You can use a small drill bit or nail to clean out that hoe if needed.

Do you get a good flow when your helper pushes the brake pedal with the hose off either the RR or LF calipers?
Sorry to correct you Tony, but you have the order of bleeding wrong. According to the manual, (for USDM models) the order for bleeding the brakes for a 3rd gen Prelude is LF, RR, RF, then LR. Not sure why they recommend that order though, as it goes against how I've been bleeding brakes my whole life.

And, just to let you know, the left rear caliper is the furthest from the brake master cylinder (USDM models). I know it's physically closer, but the longest line is the left rear because the brake lines run down the right side of the car.
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Yeah, Good to know! ^^^

I REALLY need to verify my info before giving bum advice... Yeah, I was going by what I have always done as well...

Prelud3, Sorry for the misinformation...
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Hissing? Sounds like the brake booster itself has a hole/vacuum leak... When you press the brake, the booster opens the vacuum valve which assists by "sucking" the brake pedal down along with your foot pressure.

Just to verify your bleeding procedure that you followed... You should start with the farthest brake from the master cylinder which is the Passenger Rear, then the Driver Rear, Then the Passenger Front, and finally the Driver Front. Never let the fluid get down below the smaller part of the reservoir and ALWAYS close the bleeder screw before your helper lets up on the brake. As long as you are getting air out of that caliper, you should keep bleeding that wheel until you get a solid stream of fluid... With that said, you need to keep as much fluid in the reservoir as possible at ALL times. I would say re-top it off after every 2nd or 3rd pump. Also, do you still have the "Hockey Puck" in there? It's a little disk about the size of a 50 cent piece (The American currency, NOT the rapper ). That helps to keep it from churning air into the fluid when the pedal is let up. Once you go around the car, it wouldn't hurt to go around a 2nd time in the same order.

If you can't get a good bleed on those 2 wheels, maybe the brake hoses are either clogged or swolen shut. I have seen both. Also have seen the bleeder screw clogged. You can use a small drill bit or nail to clean out that hoe if needed.

Do you get a good flow when your helper pushes the brake pedal with the hose off either the RR or LF calipers?

The hiss is air coming from the end of booster hose every time the pedal is pushed down. Also if the car is running and the pedal is pushed down it doesn't come up, it's like it is suctioned to the floor. Should have elaborated a bit more so you wouldn't have had to spend time writing everything. First off I did everything to the exact as you said. I never get a stream of fluid coming out, just a small trickle and I've done it more than a dozen times. Yes the hockey puck is still present.

Now I should note that this isn't a problem with fluid or brake lines. I replaced all the lines and went braided and when I had the lines disconnected from the calipers and pumped the pedal once they would all stream clean brake fluid. If I have the bleeder open and pump the brakes clean fluid streams out with every pump. However when I close the bleeder it's like the system doesn't hold pressure. None of the bleeders were clogged, they all even still had their original factory rubber caps on.
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Yeah, Good to know! ^^^

I REALLY need to verify my info before giving bum advice... Yeah, I was going by what I have always done as well...

Prelud3, Sorry for the misinformation...
I already tried what he said but there isn't no point if I can't get the Driver front caliper to bleed in the first place....
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Sounds like a master cylinder problem to me. Most likely fluid is getting past the piston, preventing the pedal from coming back up until the fluid leaks back past the piston. Pressing the pedal with the calipers off would allow the master cylinder to appear to be working fine since there would be no resistance to the fluid. The S and Si models use different part numbers for the master cylinder. But I don't know that the Si master cylinder wouldn't work on an S model.

If the booster is leaking vacuum, the only problem he would have is he would lose his power assist. He would still be able to feel brake pressure, and the pedal would return normally.
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Sounds like a master cylinder problem to me. Most likely fluid is getting past the piston, preventing the pedal from coming back up until the fluid leaks back past the piston. Pressing the pedal with the calipers off would allow the master cylinder to appear to be working fine since there would be no resistance to the fluid. The S and Si models use different part numbers for the master cylinder. But I don't know that the Si master cylinder wouldn't work on an S model.

If the booster is leaking vacuum, the only problem he would have is he would lose his power assist. He would still be able to feel brake pressure, and the pedal would return normally.

I'll pull the master cylinder off and observe it, I won't be driving it anytime soon anyway and if I do it'll only be on the property with the emergency brake. lol
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At our shop we would clamp off the rubber lines coming out of he master with needle nose pliers or actual line clamps. The pedal should b rock hard with no pedal fade at all. If there is no fade we can assume the masters fine . We wld then clamp all the rubber lines off at the calipers. If the pedal is still hard with no fade there's no leak in the lines. Unclamp one line at a time with the pedal depressed. If the pedal falls after a line is unclamped there is air in the system. It sounds as if you have put all braided lines tho so this is no help. IF THE CALIPER BLEEDERS ARE NOT ABOVE THE BANJO BOLT THEY WILL NEVER BLEED THE AIR OUT!
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I'd suggest bleeding the master cylinder. Same as calipers you just have to crack the lines at the master. A proportioning or metering valve may have flipped. This valve keeps pressure equal in the system but if one side has dramatically less pressure it can flip and divert pressure. We just jam or jab the pedal to the floor with a bleeder open at whatever caliper is being problematic in hopes of resetting the valve.
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At our shop we would clamp off the rubber lines coming out of he master with needle nose pliers or actual line clamps. The pedal should b rock hard with no pedal fade at all. If there is no fade we can assume the masters fine . We wld then clamp all the rubber lines off at the calipers. If the pedal is still hard with no fade there's no leak in the lines. Unclamp one line at a time with the pedal depressed. If the pedal falls after a line is unclamped there is air in the system. It sounds as if you have put all braided lines tho so this is no help. IF THE CALIPER BLEEDERS ARE NOT ABOVE THE BANJO BOLT THEY WILL NEVER BLEED THE AIR OUT!
The lines at the master are all metal so the first method wouldn't work. All the caliper bleeders are above the banjo bolt.
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I'd suggest bleeding the master cylinder. Same as calipers you just have to crack the lines at the master. A proportioning or metering valve may have flipped. This valve keeps pressure equal in the system but if one side has dramatically less pressure it can flip and divert pressure. We just jam or jab the pedal to the floor with a bleeder open at whatever caliper is being problematic in hopes of resetting the valve.
I'll try in a bit and be back with results.
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Here's a few shots from the master cylinder



I'm concerned that it is still pretty dirty in the reservoir






Could this guy here affect anything?
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Thats the prop valve spoken of earlier.
Can you get your hands on a handheld vac pump?Mityvac

That helped me get the air out quick from all my lines, and all the fluid. Need to keep topping up the res quite often.

Does your master cylinder show signs of leakage inside the car under the dash at all?
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Thats the prop valve spoken of earlier.
Can you get your hands on a handheld vac pump?Mityvac

That helped me get the air out quick from all my lines, and all the fluid. Need to keep topping up the res quite often.

Does your master cylinder show signs of leakage inside the car under the dash at all?
I do have one. I can't fill the reservoir when bleeding these two calipers because it isn't using any fluid in order to require it. The master cylinder is completely fine, no leaks anywhere. I have my entire interior out for cleaning and I checked the rear lines especially.
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Ok, last question...

You have your bleeder screw open on the front caliper that won't bleed. You press the brake pedal and no fluid comes out. (Just a little trickle or a few drops as I believe you put it) But does the pedal keep resistance and not go down, or does it go down to the floor?

If it doesn't go down and you still have back pressure on the pedal, then you have a blockage somewhere... If it DOES go to the floor but no fluid comes out, the fluid is bypassing the internal piston and the master cylinder is bad. Bad news is that you still may have some blockage somewhere.
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That's true, also if there is a block I wonder what color the fluid came out. Was it acceptable or total ****?
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As my partner stated he said while I opened the bleeder for the good calipers the pedal would go down to the floor but when I opened the other two the pedal would not go down, it has the same resistance as if the bleeder hadn't opened at all.
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Sorry to ask this, but did you try removing the nipple completely from the caliper?

I vaguely remember that happening to me, I tried everything and ended up getting 2 new rear calipers a couple years back. I must have had a clog or something, after I changed caliper, the problematic side was resolved. I never did my brake Mc yet, just the clutch ones


EDIT: I see, its not even coming out the banjo bolt.. That prop valve may be suspect if it kicked over to the side with less pressure, not sure if there is a manual way to reset that. Would the prop valve kicking over throw a code?
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MOAREDIT: I'm wondering if there may be a way to remove the prop valve for a minute, take a braided line and hook it straight from the master cylinder line to the affected rear line and blow the holy hell out of it (safely)?
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Yes I did, see what has me confused is if I have the banjo bolt off, or the bleeder nipple open or removed and he presses in the pedal clean fluid gushes out.

My Prelude doesn't have Abs since it's a S model so there is no sensor and no cel comes on when the engine is running.

I was thinking the same thing of getting a flare wrench and disconnecting the problematic lines and the braided lines and then using the vac gun at the prop valve lines and sucking the line dry.
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At least once u disconnect the prop valve lines, your vac gun would suck the line dry (providing it's not clogged). Sounds like a good way to diagnose the real issue at hand.
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Tried bleeding the entire system today with the one person method, can't bleed a single one now. It's like it's not getting any force, also the brake booster is making a lot of noise everytime I pump it. Could a bad diaphragm in the brake booster be causing all of this?
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Im thinking the diaphragm is there to help with pedal return? And assist a bit while pressing down on the brake. But that 3/4" piston should be pushing fluid through the system, or at least one front and one rear caliper. Have you removed the master cylinder yet and inspected it? it may be time to do so.. It can be rebuilt, if its the issue.
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Understood, I already ordered a new master cylinder and it should come in this weekend. I'll update after I change it out.
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Tried bleeding the entire system today with the one person method, can't bleed a single one now. It's like it's not getting any force, also the brake booster is making a lot of noise everytime I pump it. Could a bad diaphragm in the brake booster be causing all of this?
One person method? I've had mixed results with that method. You might have better success if you recruit a helper.

As far as the booster goes, I'll quote what I posted earlier in this thread...
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If the booster is leaking vacuum, the only problem he would have is he would lose his power assist. He would still be able to feel brake pressure, and the pedal would return normally.
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One person method? I've had mixed results with that method. You might have better success if you recruit a helper.

As far as the booster goes, I'll quote what I posted earlier in this thread...
I just did the two person method again to make sure. Same results, no caliper has pressure at all.

And I had quite a small lead that that would be causing the problem so I thought I'd ask.
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