How to Check Brake Fluid

Mechanic checking brake fluid

Brakes are a critical component of your vehicle and one that is essential for optimal safety on the roads of Omaha and Lincoln. That is why proper brake maintenance is a must. An easy task you can perform right at home is checking your brake fluid. Not sure how to check brake fluid? Sid Dillon discusses this more in-depth in this helpful guide.

What Does Brake Fluid Do?

Brake fluid is designed to assist with the movement of the brake pedal. It also lubricates your braking system and minimizes corrosion. For most vehicles, brake fluid is glycol-ether based. However, there are also silicone-based (DOT-5) and mineral oil-based (LHM) fluids on the market as well. That is why it is important to consult your owner’s manual to see what type of brake fluid is needed for your particular make and model.

How to Check Brake Fluid in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Find the vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir: It is located on the master cylinder under the hood. If you are not sure where this is, check your owner’s manual.
  2. The reservoir should feature “minimum” and “maximum” lines. Check the brake fluid against these lines. If the level is below or near the minimum line, brake fluid replacement or brake service is likely needed.
  3. What color is brake fluid? Check the appearance of the fluid, and if it’s dark brown or black and looks more like oil, it’s time for a brake fluid flush.

Why Do I Need to Change My Brake Fluid?

Why is it necessary to regularly change your brake fluid?

  • Brake fluid attracts moisture, which can lead to brake corrosion.
  • As brake fluid ages, contaminants start to collect. These contaminants can cause brake system damage.
  • Systems like ABS and traction control generate heat as they are activated. This can lead to a shorter lifespan for your brake fluid.

What Color is Brake Fluid Normally?

What color is brake fluid? New brake fluid should be almost clear with a slight yellow tint. The color of the brake fluid will change with use. If it starts to take on an oil-like appearance, that means that dirt and debris have accumulated over time. If this issue is left unaddressed, the performance of your brakes can be affected. Brake fluid should be checked with every oil change. Depending on your driving habits around Fremont, brake fluid should last approximately four to five years.

Visit Sid Dillon for Trusted Brake Service

If your vehicle is in need of brake service, you can trust the automotive experts at Sid Dillon. Contact us today for more information, or set up an appointment online. Don’t forget about our service specials!

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