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How to Check Brake Fluid

Mechanic checking brake fluid
 

Brakes are a critical component of your vehicle, which is why proper brake maintenance is a must. An easy way to ensure your brakes are safe for the roads of Bayside is to regularly check the brake fluid. Are you wondering how to check brake fluid? It’s actually quite simple, and you can perform this task right in your Huntington driveway. Platinum Volkswagen has provided this quick guide to help you get back on the road safely and as soon as possible. 


The Basics of Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that assists with the movement of the brake pedal. What’s more? It lubricates your braking system to help prevent corrosion. In most vehicles, brake fluid is glycol-ether based, but 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 the manufacturer recommends for your particular vehicle. 

How to Check Brake Fluid in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Find the brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. If you are unsure of the exact location, you can find this information in your owner’s manual.
  2. On the outside of the reservoir, you should see “minimum” and “maximum” lines. If the brake fluid level is approaching the minimum line, you will want to have the fluid replaced. 
  3. Inspect the color of the brake fluid. If your brake fluid has an oil-like appearance, you’ll need a brake fluid flush.

Does Brake Fluid Need to Be Replaced? 

Does brake fluid need to be changed? Yes, there are several reasons why this is necessary. 

  • Brake fluid attracts moisture, which can lead to brake corrosion over time. 
  • Brake fluid becomes contaminated as it ages, and those small particles that can cause damage throughout the brake system. 
  • Systems like ABS and traction control generate heat when they activate, causing brake fluid to wear down more rapidly. 

What Color is Brake Fluid?

New brake fluid should be nearly clear with a yellowish tint. As you continue to use your brakes on the roads of Hempstead, the color will change over time. As previously mentioned, dark, oil-like brake fluid means your vehicle is in need of a brake fluid flush so that your brakes operate as intended. Brake fluid can last four to five years, but this can vary based on the vehicle itself, your driving habits, and driving conditions.

Platinum Volkswagen Keeps Your Brakes at Their Best

Now that you know how to check brake fluid, you may have realized that your vehicle is in need of service. If that is the case, set up an appointment with Platinum Volkswagen at your earliest convenience. You can also contact us for more information.

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