How to Check Brake Fluid
Visit Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton for a quick brake fluid check, or read on for three simple steps to checking your brake fluid at home. Please keep in mind that these instructions are general guidelines. Consult your owner’s manual for specific information about your vehicle.
the brake fluid reservoir on your vehicle’s master cylinder, under the hood. Refer to the owner’s manual if you need help.
the brake fluid level against the “maximum” and “minimum” lines on the exterior of the reservoir. They might also be listed as “max” and “min” or similar terms, or represented by depth lines. If you see that the brake fluid is at or near the “minimum” line, it’s likely time for a brake service.
the color and clarity of your brake fluid. Old brake fluid tends to be muddy brown/black and looks like used motor oil. Like motor oil, brake fluid gets darker the more grime and debris it picks up. The dirtier it gets, the less effective it becomes. Dark brake fluid is a good sign you should consider a brake fluid flush. However, the only surefire way to know that you need a brake fluid exchange is by testing for copper levels in the fluid, a service that our friendly auto technicians can perform for you.
If checking your brake fluid level isn’t a DIY activity you’re comfortable with, no worries. Feel free to stop by Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton and let our technicians take a look. It’s our job to make sure your brakes are doing theirs!
Brake Fluid Should Be Tested
What if my brake fluid is low?
If you suspect your brake fluid level is low, it’s time to visit a professional, especially if the dashboard brake light has come on too! There could be a leak or your brake pads may need replacing. Either way, leaving it up to chance could mean a scary reduction in brake performance.
Can I change my own brake fluid? Are you considering changing your brake fluid at home? While checking your brake fluid level can be simple, changing your brake fluid isn’t. Consider leaving a brake fluid refill, change, or flush to the professionals since doing so:
- Can require a dozen or more tools, some of which are unique to the process.
- Exposes you to a fluid that can be extremely toxic.
- Threatens your vehicle’s paint job, since brake fluid can eat away at it.
Stop by Highway Auto Care Rockhampton
About 84 percent of vehicles in use are wanting for perfect brakes, says the NRMA. Don’t let a low brake fluid level or dirty, ineffective brake fluid push your car or truck into that category. At Highway Auto Brakes, we’ll take a look at your braking system to make sure everything is as it should be. And if it’s not, we’ll make recommendations to get your brakes up to speed! Schedule an appointment or head to your Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton workshop for a brake inspection service today.