May 28, 2014
There are few things more important in your car than the brakes. Even the most beautiful car that purrs when it starts up and has a luxurious interior isn’t worth much if it won’t stop when necessary. It’s imperative to ensure brake pads are consistently in good condition, and have brake rotors inspected regularly to make sure your car is functioning and will stop immediately.
Along with brake pads and rotors, also check brake fluid. This is a very important component of the brake system, and without it, you could be in trouble. Concerns include:
- Without the proper amount of fluid, your brake system could fail. This is easily the most important reason to have brake fluid checked regularly. Particularly if you suspect your car is leaking brake fluid, bring it in to a professional to be looked at right away.
- Brake fluid is responsible for moving the parts in your car’s braking system. Brake fluid is called “hydraulic fluid,” and the brakes are a hydraulic system. This means the entire system is moved by liquid.
- Brake fluid is under a lot of pressure. As one of the most important elements in your car, brake fluid has to work perfectly under a variety of different pressures and temperature points. If brake fluid fails, so do the brakes. Brakes are constantly under pressure, so fluid should be checked often to safeguard a car’s performance.
- Most Americans don’t check their brake fluid enough. As the previous point mentioned, brake fluid should be checked about every 30,000 miles, on average. Most people don’t do this, despite the fact that brake fluid changes are as important as oil changes. If you’ve never checked your brake fluid and had the car for a few years, you should definitely get it looked at!
- Many cars in the United States have never had the brake fluid replaced. Especially for used car owners, there’s no way to be 100% sure the brake fluid has been looked at since the car was made. Over time, brake fluid can absorb water, making it less effective. If your car is over 10 years old and you haven’t had the brake fluid checked, take it into the shop as soon as possible.
Make sure you keep your family safe with regular checks of your brake fluid! Contact us at Hillmuth to learn more about how we can help.