How to Check Brake Fluid

Mechanic checking brake fluid
Brakes are among the most critical automotive components. Keeping your brakes in good health will increase the safety of your ride and provide added peace of mind on the Gastonia streets. If you are conscientious about your car care, you may be looking for ways to ensure your brakes are up to snuff from your own Hickory garage. You may be wondering what color is brake fluid and want to learn how to check brake fluid! Learn how to check brake fluid and more with our Renaldo Kia service team below. From brakes to warning lights, we know it all.

 

What is Brake Fluid?

Before we learn how to check brake fluid, we should probably discuss what it is in the first place. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps with the movement of the brake pedal. Brake fluid also lubricates the braking system to prevent corrosion. In most vehicles, brake fluid is glycol-ether based, but silicone-based (DOT-5) and mineral oil-base (LHM) fluids are available. Consult your owner’s manual to find out which type your vehicle requires.

3 Steps to Check Brake Fluid

  1. Under the hood, locate your vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder. Your owner’s manual can tell you exactly where to look.
  2. Locate the “minimum” and “maximum” lines on the outside of the reservoir. Check the brake fluid volume against these lines. If the brake fluid is nearing the minimum line, you should have your brake fluid replaced soon.
  3. Inspect the color of the brake fluid. If it is dark brown, black, or looks like oil, you’ll need a brake flush.

Why Does Brake Fluid Need to Be Changed?

Curious why your brake fluid needs to be changed? Here are a few vital reasons why brake fluid should be changed routinely:

  • Brake fluid attracts moisture, this can lead to brake corrosion over time.
  • Aging brake fluid becomes contaminated with small particles that can damage the braking system.
  • ABS and traction control generate heat when they engage, which can shorten the lifespan of your brake fluid.

What Color is Brake Fluid Normally?

Now that we know what brake fluid is and the importance of changing it, we should discuss the qualities of brake fluid. So, what color is brake fluid? New brake fluid should be almost clear with a slight yellow tint. This will change over time as you use the braking system. As mentioned above, dark oil-like brake fluid is indicative of contamination and can affect brake performance if left alone for too long.

Brake Fluid Service Intervals

Your brake fluid should be checked with every oil change, or at least once per year. Brake fluid can last roughly four to five years, but this will vary based on your vehicle, driving habits, and driving conditions. When you turn to us at Renaldo Kia for service, our team will be sure to check out your brake fluid to ensure that your braking system is in good working order.

Renaldo Kia Helps with Brake Service

Now that you know how to check brake fluid, you can take on this vital task in your own Forest City driveway. If you still prefer to let the pros handle your car care, no problem! Schedule service with us in Shelby at your convenience. We offer expeditious maintenance and service specials for added savings. Contact us today if you have any lingering brake care questions.


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