How to Check Brake Fluid

Brake fluid check
 

Brake fluid is responsible for helping with the movement of your brake pedal, lubricating your braking system, and preventing corrosion. If brake fluid starts to leak, you won’t enjoy proper stopping power as you travel around Rocky Mount and beyond, so it’s a major part of every new Mazda vehicle. So what color is brake fluid, how do you check it, and when should it be changed? Read on for the answers to all those questions.

 

What Color is Brake Fluid?

When new, your brake fluid should be almost transparent with a distinct yellow tinge, but the color will change over time. If your brake fluid is dark brown or red, it means that a lot of dirt and debris have accumulated overtime. This can impact the health of your braking system, so it’s important to have the fluid changed.

How Do You Check Your Brake Fluid?

Regularly checking your brake fluid can save on everything from breakdowns around Raleigh to poor performance as you commute into Wake Forest. Our service center can always check your brake fluid and will usually do so as part of your recommended maintenance schedule. But, you can also check it yourself by following these three steps:

  1. Pop the hood and locate the brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder. If you have trouble finding it, simply check your owner’s manual.
  2. Find “minimum” and “maximum” lines on the reservoir and check the fluid against those lines. If you’re getting close to the minimum line or have fallen under it, it’s time to schedule servicing for a brake fluid replacement or brake service.
  3. Take a look at the color of the brake fluid. If it isn’t light yellow, or looks like oil, you’ll probably need a brake fluid flush.

How Often Should You Change Your Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid checks should be conducted with every oil change, or at least once a year. Once its changed, brake fluid can last about four to five years. However, this will vary greatly depending on your vehicle, driving habits, and driving conditions. 

Have Your Brakes Serviced at Medlin Mazda

We’re always happy to help your vehicle remain in prime condition, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today if you have any further questions or queries about your car’s brake fluid. Our service experts can change your brakes or let you know if your brakes need any additional maintenance.

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