Your car relies on various fluids to power its internal systems. One of those essential fluids includes your brake fluid, which is necessary for your brake system to function. Most car manufacturers have a specified number of miles or timeframe of when you should replace or change your brake fluid. But the best way to go about your fluid maintenance is to inspect your fluid on a regular basis.
Brake fluid is a hydraulic liquid that transfers the pressure you apply on the brake pedal down to the brake pads and the wheels. While this solution is in a sealed system, the lines that support the fluid flow can become damaged over time. Consequently, they can allow contaminants like water, dust, or dirt to alter the fluid. As a result of contaminated brake fluid, your car's braking capabilities will become less effective. Drivers need to be constantly alert of their brake performance, as bad brakes can put you at a greater risk of an injury.
Signs Your Brake Fluid Needs to be Replaced
- ABS Light - One of the most apparent symptoms of low brake fluid is if the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) light illuminates on your dash.
- Unusual Feeling with the Brake Pedal -Your brakes should respond to the level of pressure you apply to them with your foot. However, if your brakes are not responding to the pedal, you could be low on brake fluid. You might also feel that the pedal is softer when you press it down, meaning that you have air in your brake lines.
- Strange Sounds When Braking - Your brakes may generate a loud, screeching sound when you are low on brake fluid. The sounds are often caused by developed friction in the system.
- Burning Scent - If you catch the smell of burnt smoke after applying your brakes, this may mean that your brakes are overheating. Brake overheating can happen when you let your brake fluid get too low since there is not enough to dissipate the heat generated by the brake pads. In this situation, you should pull over to a safe spot to allow your brakes to cool off. If you continue to drive, it can lead to complete brake failure.
If you require brake repair, please know that Alma's Tire Service has your back. Please give us a call or visit one of our locations today!