Keeping your brakes in good working order is crucial for safe driving. One important aspect of brake maintenance is having your brake fluid flushed and replaced at regular intervals. At Green’s Garage our technicians are A.S.E. Certified to service and repair your vehicle’s brakes.
How often do I need a brake flush?
It is generally recommended that you have your brake fluid flushed and replaced every 2-3 years. However, there are some factors that can affect how often you need a brake flush. For example, if you frequently drive in stop-and-go traffic or in hilly areas, you may need to have your brake fluid flushed more often, as the increased use of your brakes can cause the fluid to break down more quickly. It's always best to consult your vehicle's owner's manual for specific recommendations on when to have your brake fluid flushed.
What is brake fluid?
Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that is used in your vehicle's brake system. When you press the brake pedal, the brake fluid transfers the force from the pedal to the brakes, causing them to engage and slow down or stop the vehicle. Brake fluid is a crucial component of your braking system, as it allows for smooth and efficient operation.
Types of brake fluid
There are several different types of brake fluid, each with its own unique properties. The most common types of brake fluid are DOT 3, DOT 4, and DOT 5.1. Let's take a closer look at each of these types.
DOT 3: This type of brake fluid is the most common type and is suitable for most vehicles. It has a lower boiling point than DOT 4 and DOT 5.1, which means it can absorb more moisture and break down more quickly.
DOT 4: This type of brake fluid has a higher boiling point than DOT 3, which makes it more resistant to moisture and better suited for high-performance vehicles. It can also be used in vehicles that require DOT 3 brake fluid.
DOT 5.1: This type of brake fluid is similar to DOT 4 but has an even higher boiling point. It is typically used in high-performance vehicles or vehicles that are driven in extreme conditions, such as racing or off-road driving.
DOT 5: This type of brake fluid is silicone-based, which makes it resistant to moisture and corrosion. However, it is not compatible with most vehicles and is typically only used in military or specialty vehicles.
Having your brake fluid flushed and replaced at regular intervals is an important part of brake maintenance. It helps ensure that your brakes are functioning properly and can help prevent brake failure. The frequency at which you need a brake flush depends on several factors, including your driving habits and the type of brake fluid used in your vehicle. By understanding the different types of brake fluid and their properties, you can make an informed decision about which type is best for your vehicle.
Schedule an appointment today with Green’s Garage and have your brake flush performed by a certified technician.