How to Check Brake Fluid

February 19th, 2019 by

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Every driver knows how important your vehicle’s brakes are. That’s why checking and knowing if you need new brakes is crucial. One way to ensure your brakes are in top shape is to check the brake fluid before long drives to Rome.

What is Brake Fluid?

It’s a hydraulic fluid that helps with brake pedal movement. It also lubricates your braking system and prevents it from corroding.

3 Steps to Check Brake Fluid

  1. Locate your vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. Refer to your owner’s manual to find the exact location.
  2. On the outside of the reservoir, you should see “minimum” and “maximum” lines. Check the brake fluid against these lines. If the brake fluid is closer to the minimum line, a brake fluid replacement or brake service is needed.
  3. Check the color of the brake fluid. If it’s dark brown or black and looks more like oil, you will need a brake fluid flush.

What Color is Brake Fluid?

New brake fluid will be almost clear with a yellowish tint to it. This changes over time as your brakes get used. Dark oil-like brake fluid has picked up dirt and debris over time, which affects the performance of your brakes if left unattended.

Get Your Brakes Serviced at Riverside Buick GMC

If you don’t feel comfortable changing your brake fluid at home, you can visit the service center at Riverside Buick GMC near Acworth during service hours. One of our highly trained mechanics can change your brake fluid and inspect your brakes to see if additional service is needed. Contact us today with any questions or concerns or to schedule a service appointment.

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