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How To Check Brake Fluid

Brake Fluid Check

A good set of brakes is one of the most important components for the safety of your vehicle, which is why Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda technicians are trained to service the entire braking system properly. But if you want to keep tabs on your brakes between visits to the service department in Wilsonville, it’s a good idea to learn how to check brake fluid at home in Portland. Let’s break down the basics below:

What is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps the brake pedal operate smoothly. This fluid also flows through the braking system, preventing corrosion and lubricating the parts. This keeps the entire system operating as intended.

Steps To Check Your Brake Fluid

Learning how to check brake fluid is simple, so whether you’re a complete novice or an auto pro, you’ll be able to follow these three easy steps:

  1. Find the brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. Check the owner’s manual if you can’t find it.
  2. Look for the “minimum” and “maximum” lines and see where your brake fluid level falls. If it’s close to the minimum, it’s time to schedule a brake fluid replacement or brake service.
  3. Check out the color of the brake fluid before you close the hood. If it’s dark brown or black, schedule a brake fluid flush.

What Color Should Brake Fluid Be?

When your brake fluid is brand new, it’ll be nearly clear with a yellow hue. But as your brake system makes use of this fluid, it starts to pick up dirt and debris. Over time, that results in a thick and dark fluid. A fluid flush will clear this old fluid out of the system and replace it with fresh fluids that will keep your car in great shape.

Schedule Your Service at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda Today

If you’re in the West Linn area, visit Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda for your next brake service. Our certified technicians will bring out the very best in your vehicle, so schedule a service today – and don’t forget to check out our current service specials. Want to learn more about car care? Find out how to spot when your brake pedal needs repairingwhat happens if you don’t change your oilhow to check transmission fluid, or how to test your car oil. You can also learn about tire rotations and how to put together your own winter safety kit.

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