Checking Your Cars’ Brake Fluids

 

Checking your car brake fluid will ensure that your car has the stopping and slowing power that it needs at the precise moment when it needs it. It is critical to maintain your brakes as part of your routine car care process, preferable checking on a monthly basis. To appropriately maintain your brakes, an essential part of brake maintenance is checking the brake fluid. This should be checked at least monthly. Prior to checking your brake filter you need to find your master cylinder reservoir, this is where the fill hole is located, in most cars it will be near the top of the engine. Open the master cylinder lid. Check the brake fluid level and check if there are any leaks occurring near or around the master cylinder reservoir or any other visible leaks or cracks through the hoses or other parts of the brake system. If you do need to refill your brake fluid, do not fill past the fill line in the reservoir or more than is required for your make and model of vehicle. If replacing your brake fluid is to complicated or if other parts of your brake system need replaced, then you should probably opt to simply bring your car to a local repair shop and bear the expense of having a certified car repair mechanic repair your brakes and fill your brake fluid, as the fluid and air will need to be flushed out of the entire brake system, of which professional repair shops have readily available.

If you chose to check and add brake fluid yourself, as needed. Then following the steps mentioned above, check the brake fluid level and, after purchasing the correct type and amount for your specific vehicle, add the fluid into the master cylinder. To completely change the brake fluid and filter yourself, follow the following instructions:

Remove the old filter from the master cylinder reservoir. Then, using a good lint free cloth, clean the inside of the reservoir, by wiping it clean. Remember the cloth you use must be lint free, such as micro fiber towels. Lint left behind can clog or damage brake lines or the brake system. Pour the new brake fluid into the reservoir to the ‘fill’ line. Now you have correctly applied good car care to check your brakes. For ‘bleeding your brakes’ it’s recommended that you take your car to a car repair shop, where the professionals have the appropriate tools necessary for performing this more complicated task

 
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