These pointers were written with the new owner in mind. Purchase of a shop manual is highly recommended.
a. Fluid color ~you want clear fluid, not dark. Dark fluid indicates deterioration of the rubber seals. Drain and refill with Girling or Lockheed fluid only. Standard fluid will deteriorate the seals (and may have caused the problem in the first place).
b. Fluid loss
1. If your car blows white smoke out the exhaust pipe, the power brake servo may need to be rebuilt.
2. If driver’s side of firewall behind brake pedal is wet and/or you must pump up the brakes, rebuild master cylinder (A quick and easy job).
3. Rear brakes need adjustment from time to time. When rear brakes need adjustment, the parking brake will also need to be adjusted.