Brakes are one of your vehicle's most important safety components, and you may have noticed that they don't stop as surely as they used to. Maybe it takes you applying a little more pressure to them than before, or perhaps you get the feeling that they're not stopping you as quickly.
Those could be signs that your brake fluid needs changing. Hydraulic brake systems use a fluid that enables the brakes to apply their stopping power to the wheels. That fluid can wear out, degrade, become contaminated or pick up air and moisture. All those can eventually contribute to brakes that feel sluggish. Driving with old, worn-out brake fluid may also shorten the lifespan of other braking components.
Our technicians can evaluate your brake fluid to see if it needs changing. Your vehicle's manufacturer recommends how often that should be done, and when it needs changing may depend on how and where you drive. Our technicians can check the condition of your brake fluid when you have your regular oil changes.
A technician will remove the old fluid and replace it with the type the vehicle manufacturer recommends. They will also bleed the air from the brake system, check it for any leaks and inspect other components such as the hoses, rotors and brake pads. Because brake fluid is combustible and toxic, it's important that it be disposed of properly so as not to create environmental damage.
And just a reminder that if you continue to drive with old, contaminated brake fluid that's past its lifespan, other components of your brake system can fail. Let's face it. Brakes that don't stop you when you need them can endanger your life—and the lives of those near your vehicle.
Auto Lab Livonia
36251 Five Miles Rd
Livonia, MI 48154
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