One of the first things we learn about vehicles is what makes them run but what we also need to be focusing on is what makes them stop. While you may know the basics about brake pads and rotors, there’s more to your car’s brake system than that!
It may sound simple, but brake fluid is an integral part of the equation of how your vehicle comes to a stop. Brake fluid is responsible for moving the various components of your vehicle's brake system. The fluid operates under high temperature and high pressure and, without it, your car or truck would not be able to stop when you push the brake pedal.
However, the brake fluid is hygroscopic. That means it absorbs water like a sponge. The moisture in the brake fluid can thus cause corrosion of the expensive parts of the brake system and simultaneously decrease the boiling point of the fluid, thereby making your car’s brakes less effective. A brake fluid flush might be needed in this situation.
What is a Brake Fluid Flush?
A brake fluid flush involves draining out old, contaminated fluid from the brake system and replacing it with clean, fresh brake fluid. Flushing helps maintain the health and effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes. Considering the effects that contaminated brake fluid can have on your car’s brake system, it is a good idea to have the brake fluid flushed about every two years or for every 50,000 km.
Any issue with the brakes should not be taken lightly. Getting a brake inspection every six months or so is the best way to ensure that your car’s braking system is in proper condition.
At Right Way Auto Repair, we perform a thorough brake inspection of the entire brake system, including the following: the brake pedal, brake fluid, brake lines and hoses and the brake assemblies. Have our technicians examine your vehicle's brake system to ensure your safety. We can determine if the fluid requires changing with a simple litmus test and flush the system out.