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Hi there, i have 2 questions. The first is one I haven't seen asked in this forum (though I'm sure someone better at searching could find something), the second is a question I've seen asked but get contradictory responses.

Question 1: What are these wires on the brake fluid cap (circled below), and do they need to be connected to anything?

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It kind of looks like they could mate with these others wires (see photo below). I'm trying to figure out whether I accidentally separated them without noticing while unscrewing the cap:
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Question 2: Why can't I just do the equivalent of a drain + fill of the brake fluid in the master cylinder, without bleeding the brake lines?

Some people say you need to bleed the brakes because there's no circulation in the brake lines, so the new stuff wouldn't actually mix. Other people say water sinks to the bottom of the lines and that's what you really need to get out.

Why, if there is no circulation in the brake lines, does the fluid in the master cylinder dirty over time? If there really is no circulation than it should stay clear, no?. That doesn't make sense to me. The water point I have no argument against, seems sound if that's actually what water does in a brake line. As you can probably guess I'm just trying to avoid removing my wheels and bleeding the lines because I rent and have no driveway/limited tools.

Thanks for the help!
 

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1 - Those wires to indicate low brake fluid
2 - Bleed the brakes. Even if you're parked on the street. Park in low-traffic area and do it. If you have some one to assist you, great, if not, buy speed bleeders and you can bleed the brakes solo.
Do the wires attach to the other wires? The repair manual doesn’t mention anything about it but it sure looks like they should.
 
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