How to Check Brake Fluid

Mechanic checking brake fluid

Brakes are a critical component of your vehicle, which is why it is so necessary to ensure they are functioning properly. Checking your brake fluid on a regular basis is one of the ways to keep your brakes performing at their best. Not sure how to check brake fluid? No problem! The team at Longwood Mitsubishi has provided a guide to this simple service task below. Learn how to check brake fluid right from your Orlando driveway.  

What is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that assists with brake pedal movement. It also helps prevent corrosion while lubricating your brake system. For most vehicles on the roads of Sanford, brake fluid is glycol-ether based. However, there are also silicone-based (DOT-5) and mineral oil-based (LHM) brake fluids on the market as well. If you are not sure what type of brake fluid is needed for your particular make and model, you can find this information in your owner’s manual. 

How to Check Brake Fluid in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Find the brake fluid reservoir under the hood on the master cylinder. If you are not sure where this is located, you can also find this information in your owner’s manual. 
  2. The reservoir should feature “minimum” and “maximum” lines. See where the brake fluid level falls between these markings. If the brake fluid is closer to the minimum line, brake fluid replacement or brake service is recommended.
  3. If your brake fluid has a more oil-like appearance, you’ll need a brake fluid flush. Check our guide on brake fluid color if you’re not sure what it’s supposed to look like.

Does Brake Fluid Need to be Changed?

Yes, there are several reasons why brake fluid needs to be changed periodically. 

  • Brake fluid attracts moisture, leading to brake corrosion over time. 
  • Brake fluid gradually becomes contaminated with small particles that can harm brake-related systems. 
  • Systems like ABS and traction control generate heat with use, and this heat can cause your brake fluid to deteriorate. 

What Color is Brake Fluid? 

New brake fluid should be almost clear with a yellowish tint. The color will begin to change as you use your brake system. Dark oil-like brake fluid is a sign of contamination, and your brakes may not be performing as well as they should. 

When Does Brake Fluid Need to Be Changed?  

It is a good idea to check your brake fluid each time you bring your vehicle in for an oil change. Check brake fluid at least once a year. Brake fluid tends to last around four to five years. However, the type of vehicle you have, your driving habits, and driving conditions can all affect its lifespan.

Turn to Longwood Mitsubishi for Quality Brake Service 

When your vehicle is in need of brake service, you can trust the pros at Longwood Mitsubishi. Set up an appointment with us, and get back on the roads of Longwood in no time. Contact us today for more information.

Service Specials from Longwood Mitsubishi

Managers Special
managers special $99.95

See service advisor for complete details

Battery Replacement Special
battery replacement $10 off

Dealer must install battery, see service advisor for details.

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Coupon must be presented at time of service check-in. Excludes battery sales, battery prorate sales, standard diagnostic charges, tires, and warranty/insurance services. Cannot be combined with any other offer or coupon. Plus tax and shop fees and supplies.

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Oil and Filter Change
$5 off oil change

Up to 5 quarts standard oil, replace oil filter, top off fluids. Plus tax and shop fees.

Tire Saver Special
Tire saver special

Taxes excluded. Shop fees may apply.

A/C Fresh Air Service
AC Fresh air service

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Multi Point Inspection
Multi-point inspection $44.95

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$199.95 Brake Special
$199.95 brake special

Per axle. Add brake fluid exchange for only $99.85 excludes tax and shop fees.

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