Your brakes are a vital piece of your vehicle, since being able to stop can be what prevents an accident from occurring while you’re driving around Greensburg and beyond. Keeping an eye on your brake fluid is one of the best ways to stay on top of maintaining the condition of your vehicle’s brakes. Find out today how to check your brake fluid as well as what color your brake fluid is supposed to be with Hillview Motors. If you have any questions, you can contact us today or speak with our service center to make sure that your vehicle is running smoothly for years to come.
Before we learn how to check brake fluid, let’s go over what brake fluid is. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps with the movement of the brake pedal. It also lubricates your braking system and keeps it from corroding. Brake fluid in most vehicles is glycol-ether based, but there are also silicone-based (DOT-5) and mineral oil-based (LHM) fluids available. Check your owner’s manual to find out which type your specific model uses.
Does brake fluid need to be changed? The answer is yes for the following reasons:
It’s best to regularly check brake fluid so you can avoid a scenario where your brakes actually fail to stop your car completely because of damage.
New brake fluid should be almost clear with a yellowish tint to it. However, this changes over time as you use your braking system. As we mentioned, dark oil-like brake fluid has picked up dirt and debris over time, which can affect the performance of your brakes if left unattended. If your brake fluid is a strange color, schedule a visit to our service center near Scottdale.
You should check your brake fluid with every oil change or at least once a year. Brake fluid can last about four to five years, but this varies depending on the car, driving habits, and driving conditions. If you bring your vehicle in for routine scheduled maintenance at an OEM-certified service center in the Latrobe area, the certified technicians will know when to check and change your brake fluid.
Now that you know what color brake fluid is supposed to be, and how to keep an eye on your vehicle’s brake fluid, you’re one step ahead of keeping up on the regular maintenance that your vehicle requires. Find out more about the process today with Hillview Motors, and trust us to take care of any issues that might arise from your vehicle.
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