Did you know your car could have a nosebleed? Yes, it’s a strange thought, but brake fluid works in a similar way as blood in your body.
It’s the lifeblood of your braking system, and without it, well… things get dicey. But don’t worry, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know about brake fluid—how to check it and how to know when it might need changed.
Let’s dive in as we “brake” it down for you!
Why’s Brake Fluid So Important?
Brake fluid is the unsung hero of your vehicle. It’s the hydraulic fluid that makes the whole braking system tick, a messenger delivering the punch of your foot on the brake pedal to the brake pads, making the car stop. It’s that intermediary, making sure your command doesn’t get lost in translation.
And, don’t be fooled into thinking all brake fluids are created equal. Nope, some of them are better than others. That’s why it’s crucial to know what’s coursing through your car’s veins. A good one will handle heat like a champ, won’t freeze in cold weather, and will resist contamination.
But why contamination? You see, the world’s a dirty place. Contaminated brake fluid can be a real downer, reducing the efficacy of your braking system. Contaminants like water or dirt can lower the boiling point of the fluid, potentially leading to brake failure. Not a pretty picture, is it?
How Can You Check Your Brake Fluid?
Knowing about brake fluid is half the battle. The other half is knowing how to check it. Here’s how we do it:
Lift The Hood and Observe the Level and Color
Underneath that hood lies the master cylinder reservoir. It’s a clear plastic container on top of the metal master cylinder.
There’re marks on the side of the reservoir indicating the fluid level. Ensure it’s not too low or too high. The color? It should be clear, not dark. Dark fluid is a sign of contamination.
If Needed, Add Fluid
If the fluid level is too low, it’s time to add some. Remember to clean the cap before opening it to prevent contaminants from entering.
Consider a Brake Fluid Change
If your fluid is dark, it’s time for a change. You might want to get a professional to do this, though. For your peace of mind, and also for the sake of your driveway!
Put the Brakes On Poor Car Maintenance
Brake fluid is not just some liquid, it’s the elixir that keeps your braking technology functional, helping your brake pads squeeze onto the wheels when you press the brake pedal. It’s an unseen yet essential part of your car, and ensuring it’s in good condition is as vital as fueling your car.
So next time you lift your car’s hood, pay some attention to the brake fluid. It’s doing a lot more work than you might think. Now you know its importance, how to check it, and even how to change it. It’s not rocket science, just some simple yet crucial car maintenance.
If you’ve got to the end of this article and realized that you need your brake fluid changed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Express Auto Service today!