Brake fluid is one of the vital fluids your car needs to operate safely, yet it is often overlooked. Your car’s brake fluid is put under constant use and, therefore, constant stress on every journey, especially around town or on country roads. Put simply, brake fluid is designed to resist compression and transfer the braking action of the pedal to the car’s wheels. However, moisture can get into the fluid through the joints and hoses that make up your car’s braking system. The result is that, when you brake, vapour bubbles can form in the brake fluid as it heats up and it can start to boil at lower temperatures, which substantially reduces its effectiveness and substantially increases your stopping distance, and can even lead to your brakes failing altogether.
Overheating is exacerbated during periods of hard and sudden braking. What’s more, your car’s brake fluid, when it’s replaced regularly will work to keep your entire braking system in good condition, providing lubrication and corrosion protection. The manufacturer recommended brake fluids for most cars will last in the region of two years, and your handbook will give your car’s recommended replacement schedule for its brake fluid. However, for total peace of mind, just drop in to any Brayleys service centre and we’ll be pleased to check your brake fluid levels and advise on when you should have it replaced.