Since the invention of hydraulic brakes, brake fluid has been used to transfer the pressure of your foot to the brake mechanism which is used to stop your car.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, that is it intentionally absorbs moisture, and for this reason it is important that it is routinely flushed as part of your service.
Also known as hydraulic fluid, it is a vital part of your vehicle. At a very minimum, it is recommended to flush your vehicle’s brake fluid every two years by a qualified mechanic. However, in some cases, you may need a fluid replacement sooner than expected.
Some manual geared vehicles also use a hydraulic clutch, this should also be flushed periodically too.
If you’ve noticed any of the following, this may be a sign that you need a brake fluid replacement before the two-year mark:
- Your brake pedals feel soft or spongy to touch
- The brake fluid is darker, sludgy or dirty.
- Your vehicle is leaking brake fluid.
- Your brake dash warning light is on.
- Or if you don’t remember the last time your brake fluid was flushed
At Belair Road Auto, our expert team of mechanics are able to perform any sort of brake repair or car brake service, including a biennial brake fluid change to help keep you safe on the road.
The Benefits of Replacing your Brake Fluid
There are a number of benefits of replacing your old brake fluid with new, fresh fluid.
A brake fluid service helps you avoid more costly brake repairs in the future and helps prevent any minor braking issues from becoming larger, potentially dangerous problems.
Over time, your brake fluid, doing its job, will become saturated with moisture, and can reduce the performance of your car brakes and potentially compromise your safety on the road. By getting a brake fluid change, you will maintain the quality of your vehicle’s brake fluid and help to ensure that your braking system has maximum hydraulic transmitting capacity. This will give you the confidence to know that you can stop your car suddenly if the need arises.
Another benefit of getting a brake fluid change every two years is that you will be able to prevent the build-up of moisture and minimise the likelihood of internal brake corrosion. As brake fluid intentionally absorbs moisture over time, this can cause significant damage to the internal components and valves of the brake system. If not attended to, this could impact your vehicle’s braking performance.
By performing a brake fluid flush, replacing with fresh fluid, you will remove any excess moisture, improve the overall pedal feel, brake performance and safety of your vehicle.
Getting a brake fluid flush is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle.
Regular brake fluid replacements will help your car stop with confidence and improve the safety for yourself, your family, pedestrians and other road users.
Talk to our expert mechanics and let us ensure your safety at your car next service
At Belair Road Auto, we understand the importance of getting your brake fluid replaced regularly by a professional mechanic. Our highly trained team has over 50 years of experience servicing the Kingswood area and are well-equipped to perform any brake service, repair or replacement.
As a member of the Bosch Car Service Network, our team is trained to use industry-leading equipment, ensuring that all work carried out on your vehicle adheres to your manufacturer’s standards. Any service or repair completed at our workshop will not void your manufacturer’s warranty and comes with a nationwide guarantee. That way, our customers can feel confident in the quality of the services we provide.
If you’re getting close to the two-year mark since your last brake fluid flush or have noticed issues with how your brakes function, give us a call today on (08) 8271 7617 or fill out our online contact form and we will be in touch.