4 Frequently Asked Questions About Brake Fluid

Brake fluid, also known as hydraulic fluid, is responsible for moving different components of your car’s braking system whenever you want to stop. As such, it’s essential to take proper care of your hydraulic fluid. Although most vehicle owners have very little information about this fluid, you can learn how to maintain it from your local automotive oil distributor or automotive oil wholesaler.

Here are few things about brake fluid that we’re often asked by customers:

How does it work?

The term ‘hydraulic’ means powered or moved by a fluid. Hydraulic fluid is a non-compressible substance that delivers any force applied on the brake pedal to brake rotors that are located on the four corners of a vehicle. The fluid operates under high pressure and temperature and, without it, your vehicle wouldn’t stop: even if you applied force to the brake pedals.

How does moisture affect brake fluid?

Most commercial oil distributors recommend that you periodically flush and replace your hydraulic fluid. This is because it easily absorbs moisture. Excess moisture causes the fluid to degrade, and if it becomes too saturated, it may no longer function properly. Therefore, you need to protect and take care of the brake fluid by preventing it from coming into contact with moisture.

After how long should I change the brake fluid?

The recommended intervals for brake fluid services vary depending on the car or truck manufacturers. However, most mechanics recommend that you change the fluid every one or two years. Although this is a normal procedure in Europe, there are many vehicles in the US that are more than 10 years old and haven’t had brake fluid replacement. In general, without periodic replacement of the brake fluid, there will be an increase in the number of accidents as a result of failure.

What tools do I need to replace my brake fluid?

In order to replace the brake fluid safely and properly, it’s recommended that you have prior information about what to do and the tools you might need. In most cases, you’ll need safety goggles for eye protection, heavy gloves for hand protection, a box end wrench, bleeder screws, and a few rags to wipe off dirt.

For brake fluid replacement and any other commercial oil products, contact us at Salt Lake City, Utah.

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