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How to Check Brake Fluid

Every Canton driver knows that brakes are one of the essential components of your vehicle. That’s why it’s vital that your brakes are always in top condition and working correctly. One way to make sure your brakes are healthy is to check your brake fluid regularly, which will help keep you and your passengers safe on Woodstock roads. Learn more below about how to check brake fluid, and if you need auto service, contact our service center.

 

 

What Is Brake Fluid?

What is brake fluid exactly? Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that assists with the movement of the brake pedal. It also lubricates the braking system in your vehicle and keeps it from corroding. The brake fluid in most vehicles is glycol-ether-based. Still, there are also silicone-based (DOT-5) and mineral oil-based (LHM) brake fluids on the market. Check your owner’s manual to determine which type of brake fluid your specific make and model uses.

3 Easy Steps to Check Brake Fluid

  1. Locate your brake fluid reservoir: It’s found on the master cylinder under the hood. Check your owner’s manual to find the specific location.
  2. Check the brake fluid amount: On the outside of the reservoir, you should see the “minimum” and “maximum” lines. Check the brake fluid against these lines. If the brake fluid is closer to the minimum mark, it’s time for new brake fluid or brake service.
  3. Look at the brake fluid color: If the brake fluid is dark brown or black and looks more like oil, you need a brake fluid flush at the Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service center.

Why Change Brake Fluid?

Your brake fluid needs routinely changed for the following reasons:

  • Brake fluid draws moisture, which causes corrosion on your brakes over time. 
  • When brake fluid gets old, it becomes contaminated with tiny particles that can damage your brake-related systems. 
  • Systems like ABS and traction control generate heat when activated, which can shorten your brake fluid’s lifespan.

It’s best to regularly check your brake fluid so you can avoid future problems on Roswell roads, like your brakes failing to stop your vehicle entirely because of damage.

What Color Is Brake Fluid Normally? 

Have you ever wondered, “What color is brake fluid?” New brake fluid is almost clear with a yellowish tint to it. Over time, it changes as you use your braking system. Dark oil-like brake fluid has picked up dirt and debris over time and can negatively impact your brakes’ performance if left unattended.

Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Is at Your Service 

Now that you know how to check brake fluid, you can change your brake fluid yourself at home, or you can schedule a service appointment at Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Cumming. Our highly trained certified technicians will change your brake fluid and let you know if your brake system requires additional service. Let us know how we can help. Contact us today.

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