Importance of Brake Fluid and Maintenance
Why is brake fluid important?
Your vehicle’s braking system includes four brake rotors. Brake fluid maintenance is very important. These are the mechanisms that allow the brake pads to be clamped and allow the car to stop. Luckily, you don’t need four feet to hit four brake pedals at the same time.
This is because the brake fluid creates this pressure for you. It converts the energy from “pressing the brake pedal” into the force required to compress all four brake rotors. Thanks to this, you can stop your car in a few seconds.
When should the brake fluid be changed?
Knowing how brake fluid works really emphasizes how important it is, doesn’t it? Here’s when it’s time to take a closer look:
- Press: Are you pressing the brake pedal fully or almost fully to the floor of your vehicle? There may be several reasons for this. The most likely reason is a low brake fluid level, because there is simply not enough pressure.
- Pump: Do you press the brake pedal two or more times to stop the car? The likely culprit, again, is low brake fluid – the sum of the pressures is greater than the single braking pressure.
- Is there a brake fluid leak under your car? The stain is likely to be clear and brown. Also, refer to the owner’s manual for placing the brake fluid reservoir under the hood. A low brake fluid level in the reservoir (on line or below the “MIN” or “minimum” line) may indicate a problem with braking.
Did you answer yes to any of these questions? If so, it’s time to check the brake fluid level or run an overhaul of the entire system.
Do you change your brake fluid every 20,000 miles? Every two years? Once a decade? To overcome the confusion, let’s figure it out:
- Review the user manual. This is the best place to “tell you” about the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
- Trust yourself. Nobody knows your car better than you. If you suspect that your brakes are not responding properly to the brake pedal, take action.
- Please consult a professional. Braking performance is the most important thing in your car. Contact several services for advice.
The simple truth is that taking care of your brake fluid doesn’t threaten your budget the way an accident or brake pad replacement does.