Brake Fluid Flush
Did you know your brake fluid has a limited life? Change your brake fluid no later than 24 months or much sooner if you tow a caravan or heavy loads.
Braking friction generates extreme high temperatures, therefore brake fluid containing contaminates does not permit full hydraulic pressure where it counts. Brake fluid must not be permitted to change state or your entire brake system will fail. Read on to discover why brake fluid will change state with age and certain operating conditions.
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Low on motor oil? Running out of windshield wiper fluid? These two situations are frustrating, but also pretty easy to fix. But a car without brake fluid or brake fluid past its use by date That’s the stuff of automotive nightmares. Here’s what you need to know about staying on top of your brake fluid to avoid an unsafe driving situation down the road.
Obviously, having BRAKES
that function properly is something that every driver considers a priority. Here’s some information on how your brakes should be safely maintained:
Are you one of those drivers that don't know brake fluid must be renewed? Brake fluid needs to withstand extreme temperatures generated through the friction braking process. It must have a boiling point of 260 degrees Centigrade and be capable of maintaining that standard over time and that is usually two years. Every day past that use by date and you run the risk of compromised brakes.
Why Fresh Brake Fluid is Important.
Your car’s braking system has four brake rotors. These are what brake pads clamp down on to stop your vehicle. Fortunately, you don’t need four legs to press on four brake pedals at the same time!
That’s because brake fluid applies that pressure for you. It converts your energy of “pressing down on the brake pedal” into the force required to squeeze all four brake rotors. Which — you guessed it — stops your car as it's designed to do.
When Should You Change Your Brake Fluid?
Knowing how brake fluid works really highlights how important it is, right? Here’s when it’s time to take a closer look:
- Depress: Do you find yourself pressing the brake pedal all the way, or almost all the way, to the floor of your car? There could be several causes for this. The likeliest cause is low brake fluid.
- Pump: Are you pressing the brake pedal two or more times to bring your car to a halt? The likely culprit is, again, low brake fluid.
- Look: Is your dashboard brake light on? Is there the tell-tale sign of a brake fluid leak under your car? The spot will probably be clear to brown and slick. Also, check your owner’s manual for placement of your brake fluid reservoir under the hood. Low brake fluid in the reservoir (at or below the “MIN” or “minimum” line) can point toward braking issues.
- TIME: Your brake fluid changes state and becomes unstable over time. This deteriorated brake fluid can no longer be relied upon to stop your car. Use by date for brake fluid is generally 24 months.
Did you answer “yes” to any of those questions? If so, it’s time to check your brake fluid and stop by Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton for a brake inspection.
When else might you need a brake fluid check?
If you don't know the age of your brake fluid, take remedial action now before its too late. There’s a lot of information out there. Should you replace your brake fluid every 20,000km? Every two years? Once per decade? To cut through the confusion:
- Review your owner’s manual. This is the best place to start to learn more about your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.
- Trust your gut. No one knows your car as well as you do. If you begin to suspect your brakes aren’t responding the way they should, perhaps because of brake fluid problems, have your brake system checked by a brake specialist.
- Consult with a brake repair specialist. Braking performance is serious business. Treat it that way by bringing your concerns to Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton. We’re in the business of ensuring good braking performance and keeping our customers safe on the road.
The simple truth is, taking care of your brake fluid won’t “brake” the bank. Stop by Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton for a brake fluid check and replacement, if needed. Our brake specialist technicians will be able to advise you based on your vehicle type, climate, and your driving style.
More About Car Safety
$197 Brake service kit includes:
- Supply and fit Bendix disc pads.
- Inspect disc rotors for condition, measure thickness.
- Inspect brake caliper operation.
- Clean and lubricate caliper sliding pins and contact areas.
- Check brake fluid condition and top up if necessary.
- Visually inspect brake master cylinder.
- Check park brake operation and adjust.
Common brake problems and the warning signs:
- A spongy brake pedal
- A grinding sound when you depress the brake pedal
- Squealing brakes
- The car pulling to one side when you brake
- The brake warning light illuminating
- Brake fluid level dropping
- The brake pedal being hard to press
Examples of vehicles we service
● Isuzu Ute
● Land Rover
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