Brake Fluid Replacement & Flushing

What is the purpose of a brake fluid flush?

Brake fluid is important to your vehicle’s braking system. It transmits the hydraulic braking force and allows your car’s brake pads or shoes to press against the rotors or drums, creating friction and stopping your vehicle.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic (which basically means it absorbs moisture from the air over time). The water that brake fluid absorbs overtime causes internal corrosion to your braking system, which can cause expensive damage and reduces braking efficiency. Therefore we recommend that every 2 to 3 years your vehicle’s brake fluid will need replacing. A brake fluid flush removes the old, contaminated brake fluid from your vehicle. It is then replaced with brand new brake fluid.

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How often should brake fluid be replaced?

Most car manufacturers suggest that the brake fluid should be changed every 30,000 km or two to three years. For vehicle-specific information, we recommend that you consult your car’s manual.

 

Symptoms of brake fluid due for replacement

  • Decreased brake responsiveness – Your brakes may take longer to work. This can cause safety risks if left unfixed. If your brakes aren’t working as quickly as they should, bring your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as you can.
  • Soft or spongy brake pedal – over long periods of heavy braking the water absorbed into the brake fluid can boil off leaving air trapped in the braking system. This air in the braking system causes your brake pedal to feel soft or spongy, and you may notice your brake pedal goes down further, and you might have to “pump” the brake pedal several times to get a firm brake pedal with less travel.
  • Brake fluid is a black/brown colour – Clean brake fluid should be a clear colour. If it isn’t, this is a sign of contaminants in the fluid. You can check the colour of your brake fluid by opening your brake reservoir.

Brake fluid flushing and replacement in Hamilton

The longer you leave your brake fluid, the more of a problem it can become due to internal brake system corrosion and lowered brake perfromance. As well as the safety risks, old brake fluid can also cause damage to other parts of your braking system. We can flush the old brake fluid out of your car, replacing it with brand new fluid. This will allow for quicker braking, increased safety and less damage to other parts.

For reliable brake fluid flushing in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!

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