How to Check Brake Fluid

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Regina drivers know that their vehicle’s brakes are one of its most vital components, which is why it’s so important that your brakes are always functioning properly and don’t experience too much wear. A reliable way to ensure your brakes always work is to check your brake fluid regularly. Unsure how to check brake fluid? You’ve come to the right place! Join the auto service professionals at Manitou Mainline Chrysler in our step-by-step guide, below.

What Is Brake Fluid?

Before learning how to check brake fluid in Moose Jaw, you may still be wondering what brake fluid actually is. Put simply, brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that aids the movement of the brake pedal, as well as lubricates the brake system and prevents corrosion.

Check Brake Fluid in Three Simple Steps

    1. Locate your vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. If you’re unsure where this is, consult with your owner’s manual.
    2. Outside of the reservoir, there should be “minimum” and “maximum” lines. Check the brake fluid against these lines. If it sits closer to the minimum line, you’ll need to schedule a brake fluid replacement or brake service soon.
    3. Check the color of the brake fluid. If it is dark brown or black, resembling engine oil, a brake fluid flush will be necessary.

What Color Is Brake Fluid?

Brand new brake fluid should be nearly clear with a slight yellow tinge. Of course, the color can alter with time as you use your braking system. As we noted before, brake fluid that is dark and oil-like has picked up lots of dirt and debris over time – if left untreated, this can affect your brakes’ functionality.

Brake Service Assistance Is at Manitou Mainline Chrysler

Some Saskatoon DIY enthusiasts may prefer to change their brake fluid at home, but if you’d like to leave it to certified professionals, you can simply schedule an appointment at the Manitou Mainline Chrysler service department. Our factory-trained technicians have the skills and experience to change your brake fluid and perform further brake system service if needed. Have lingering questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us online or give us a call at 306-946-4646!

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