Do you need to know how to check brake fluid? It’s a good idea to check all of your vehicle’s fluids at least once per month, and we can show you exactly how it’s done. First things first: brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that allows you to engage the full force of your brakes when you press down on the pedal. It also protects against corrosion that can impact your braking system. Without a sufficient amount of functional brake fluid, your brakes will not function properly on the roads of Carmel—so be sure to schedule service if you suspect that something is amiss!
Although you should avoid opening the reservoir when you can, you might occasionally rub a little bit between your fingers—gritty brake oil needs to be changed completely. It’s also a good idea to check the color of your brake fluid, and we’ll show you what to look for a little further on.
What color is brake fluid supposed to be? When new, brake fluid might look clear with a yellowish tint, or it might be closer to a honey-like shade of yellow-brown. As it ages, brake fluid will darken and start to look more like oil.
Brake fluid is common based on a glycol-ether compound, but silicone-based and mineral-based brake fluids are also available. Most modern vehicles use either DOT 3 or DOT 4 fluid, and the two are incompatible. You certainly don’t want to use the wrong brake fluid or mix two types of brake fluid together, so contact our team or reference your owner’s manual if you’re not sure what kind of fluid to use.
It’s important to have your brake fluid flushed and replaced completely according to the schedule laid out in your owner’s manual—even if it doesn’t look low, dirty, or old. Most vehicles have a brake fluid replacement interval of two to four years.
Why is it so important to change brake fluid on schedule? The following factors all play a role:
If you’re in need of brake service, take advantage of our parts and service specials! We’re easy to reach from anywhere near Noblesville or Westfield, and we’re here to help with anything you need.
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