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How to Check Brake Fluid

Brake fluid check

 

The brakes on your Pocatello car are one of the most critical components of your vehicle. That’s why it’s essential that your brakes are working correctly and aren’t too worn down. One way to ensure everything is functioning at its best is to check your brake fluid regularly. This will help you stay safe on the road in Ammon. Learn more from our service team on how to check brake fluid and if it’s time to get your brakes looked at, we hope to be the team that earns your business!

 

 

What is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps the brake pedal move. It lubricates your brake system and prevents corrosion. You can get brake fluid in glycol-ether, silicone, or mineral oil-based forms. Check your owner’s manual to see which is right for your car.

3 Steps to Check Brake Fluid

  • Find your vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. Your owner’s manual will tell you the exact location.
  • Check the brake fluid against the lines. There should be minimum and maximum marked lines. If your brake fluid is close to the minimum line, it’s time for a brake fluid replacement or brake service.
  • Take a look at the color of the brake fluid. What color is brake fluid? It should be nearly clear with a yellow tint to it. If it’s black or dark brown, that means it’s time to get your brake fluid changed. You can schedule service with us to get it taken care of.

Why Does Brake Fluid Need to Be Changed?

Your brake fluid needs to be changed regularly, and these are the reasons that will cause your brake fluid to degrade:

  1. Brake fluid attracts moisture, which causes corrosion on your brakes over time.
  2. When brake fluid ages, it gets contaminated with particulates that damage the systems of your brakes.
  3. Systems like ABS and traction control generate heat when they activate, which can cause the life of your brake fluid to shorten.

Ron Sayer Nissan is Here for Your Brakes

You’ve gotten the facts on how to change brake fluid. Now, it’s time to come over to Ron Sayer Nissan and get your brake fluid replaced. Or, if you’ve got something else that’s ailing your car, we’d love to help you out with it. Contact us today to learn more!

 

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