When it comes to safety, your brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. You probably don’t think about them until there’s something wrong. Good preventative maintenance, however, will help you ensure that your brakes are always in good working condition. With so many different components, you might be wondering what role the brake fluid plays and if you need to have it flushed. Read on to learn more about this important process.
Why Do You Need a Brake Fluid Flush?
The braking system consists of many different components. All parts of your vehicle deteriorate over time, and your brakes are no exception. When elements like your cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders deteriorate over time, the debris and grime can end up inside your braking fluid. In addition, this fluid simply breaks down over time, particularly if you’re a frequent driver or drive long distances. Moisture can also get into your braking system which can lead to rust. Rust means there’s even more debris in the brake fluid that can compromise your brake’s ability to work correctly.
How Often is a Brake Fluid Flush Needed?
Although it’s not something everyone does, a brake fluid flush should be performed around every 30,000 miles whenever possible. The process involves removing all of the brake fluid from the braking system. Then, clean, new fluid is added so that your brakes will work smoothly and you’ll get an improved stopping distance. You should have your mechanic perform a thorough brake inspection in addition to the fluid flush. Have them check your rotors, brake pads, and shoes to ensure that everything is still in excellent condition.
The Bottom Line
Having your brake fluid flushed and replaced is a fairly affordable procedure. On the other hand, if you need to replace brake lines, calipers and other parts, it can cost you upwards of several hundred dollars. With this simple flush, you will not only save money, but you’re also extending the life of your braking system. Make sure you have the brake fluid tested for moisture content every few years. If you live in a humid area, have it tested every two years whenever possible. You can check your brake fluid to see if it still looks fresh and free of most contaminants. A visual inspection can help you determine when a flush is needed. Ask your mechanic to check the brake fluid whenever you have your oil changed so you’ll always know its current condition for safer driving.
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