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Is the Condition of My Brake Fluid Important to Brake Performance?

A vehicle's braking system involves many parts. One of the most critical is the brake fluid which distributes pressure in the system. With continued usage, brake fluid can become contaminated or deteriorate, affecting brake performance. Many motor owners want to know if the condition of the brake fluid is vital to brake performance. Read on to find the answer.

Importance of Brake Fluid

It is not an understatement to say without brake fluid, you will be unable to stop your vehicle. The hydraulic brake fluid facilitates the transfer of braking pressure from the brake pedals to the rotors, calipers, and brake pads.

The brake fluid also lubricates the moving parts of the braking system and removes moisture in the braking system, which also causes corrosion. Braking system parts undergo less wear and tear and function optimally due to the brake fluid.

The brake fluid is hence essential to brake performance.

Brake Fluid Contamination

With continuous usage, the braking system absorbs moisture from its connection to other car parts. Because brake fluid is hygroscopic, it will absorb moisture from the atmosphere, which will contaminate it.

The moisture makes the brake fluid turn into vapor when the braking system is hot. Doing so negatively affects braking ability.

If your brake fluid is contaminated, you will start noticing signs like brake pedals responding slowly and requiring more pressure to stop the car.

Contaminated brake fluid will also result in a brake warning light for brakes and the Automatic Braking System (ABS).

If you encounter the above signs, you should flush your brake fluid and replace it. It is the only way to deal with the fluid's contamination.

The condition of the brake fluid is integral to brake performance, so replace it accordingly. If you need brake repair, bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!


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