BRAKE FLUID: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Your car’s braking system is directly linked to the level and condition of the brake fluid. It is also one of the most neglected items on the car as it can only be under extreme conditions that you notice any problems.

What does brake fluid do?

  • Transmits the force on the brake pedal into pressure to all parts of the braking system which will apply the brakes.
  • Has a high boiling point because of the heat generated during braking.
  • Prevents the liquid freezing in extreme cold.

Why do I need to change my brake fluid?

  • Over time brake fluid will naturally absorb water, this reduces the effectiveness of the brake fluid.
  • Once the water content rises above 3%, the performance of the braking system becomes compromised.
  • Water reduces the boiling point of the fluid, air bubbles are created and braking can become ineffective.
  • You will only be aware of the problem after heavy braking, the brakes become spongy and less effective.

Checking the brake fluid

Check the fluid in the reservoir. If the fluid is below the “MIN” level or the brake warning light comes on, add brake fluid up to the “MAX” line. If brake fluid has to be added frequently the system has to be thoroughly checked because it may have developed a leak. If your brake fluid has not been checked for over a year then it is best practice to measure the boiling point of the fluid.

Swansway Chester has the specialist tools necessary and the checks can be done in minutes.

Why use a Fiat recommended brake fluid?

Swansway Chester has a range of brake fluid and the expertise necessary to ensure your car has the correct fluid for even the most sophisticated braking systems.

When should I have my brake fluid changed?

It is recommended that your vehicle’s brake fluid should be replaced every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

If you have any questions, please contact Swansway Chester Fiat on 01244 752541, or please make an enquiry.