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Brake Fluid Change, Why? 2 Year Life. HAC Rockhampton

Brake fluid change - Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere. This reduces its boiling point and leads to brake failure and rusty brakes.

Brake For Safety – When to change your brake fluid

The composition of brake fluid leaves it susceptible to turning ‘bad’. It absorbs water and moisture as it travels through the system, which lowers its boiling point. And that lowers its efficiency. Brake fluid works best as a liquid, therefore absorbing too much water lowers the boiling point. That’s when things get dangerous as you can ‘lose’ your brakes when you’re trying to slow down. The car won’t slow down when your brakes are ‘lost’ as the pedal will just flop straight to the floor.


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.

1. LOCATE the brake fluid reservoir on your vehicle’s master cylinder, under the hood. Refer to the owner’s manual if you need help.

2. CHECK 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.

3. EXAMINE 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 test at Rockhampton

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.
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Brake Service & Repair You Can Trust

Brake fade

Brake fade refers to a situation where the brakes lose efficiency (or possibly fail completely). It is extremely rare in modern, well maintained vehicles.

There are two causes of brake fade. The most common, and the one which was experienced by our motorists in the first part of the 20th century, is caused by overheated brake pads (the bits that press onto the wheel to slow it down). This is almost unheard of with modern brake technology - you would need to brake long and hard down a (very, very) long hill. When the brakes cool down they work OK again.

The second type is caused by water in the brake fluid. When the fluid gets hot the water can vaporise. Steam (unlike brake fluid) will compress - therefore instead of your braking effort being transmitted to the wheels, it is dissipated as the steam compresses. When the system cools down the brakes will seem OK again. If your car is regularly serviced, the brake fluid will be replaced periodically and this problem will never arise.

Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power

Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.

According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).

Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.

Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!

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Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.
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