A vehicle's braking system is among its most crucial safety elements. That said, maintaining it in its best state should be a priority for any serious driver. The fluid works under high pressure to ensure the brakes function correctly, keeping you safe on the road. When working correctly, the brake fluid is pure and clear and offers ideal braking for your car using hydraulic pressure. But with continuous use, the fluid can get contaminated with air, rust, and moisture within the system. It will also get old with time, losing its color due to overheating, translating to a less responsive braking system. If not timely corrected, this can lead to spongy, soft, and unresponsive pedals.
So, What is Brake Fluid Flushing?
Brake fluid flushing refers to completely draining the hydraulic fluid and replacing the master cylinder with a new fresh one. A common rule of thumb is to have your vehicle's fluid flushed every 30000 miles (two to three years). However, some manufacturers recommend having your hydraulic fluid condition and level checked regularly to keep your braking system working well. The flushing process should be done carefully and preferably by a trained and experienced technician. The process involves four major steps, including:
- Draining out the brake fluid: Your mechanical expert will start by removing the old, contaminated, and draining out depleted brake fluid.
- Inspect and clean out all debris
- Check out for rusted or damaged braking components: Your technician might need to inspect wheel cylinders, calipers, and all other braking components for rust and replace them if necessary.
- Hydraulic Fluid Renewal: The mechanic will complete the service by replacing the braking system with a new, fresh, and effective fluid which will enhance your vehicle's braking performance and prevent further problems.
Common Signs that Your Vehicle is Due for a Brake Fluid Change
- Soft, spongy, or bouncy brake pedal
- Reduced braking performance
- ABS warning light comes on
- Weird smells and noises when braking
- Brake pads vibrations
- Brake fluid discoloration
- The vehicle pulls to the right or left when braking
If you have noticed a reduced performance on your vehicle's braking system, you must have it checked by a professional to prevent further problems. If you need a brake fluid flush performed, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Admiral Tire and Auto of Edgewater today!