What is brake fluid?

Of all the various fluids in your vehicle, brake fluid is undoubtedly one of the most important. Over time, your brake fluid can begin to degrade and absorb water, which can diminish your stopping capability and potentially even lead to brake failure. For this reason, we’ll now provide a brief overview of all you need to know about your car’s brake fluid.

A type of hydraulic fluid, brake fluid is what is responsible for transferring the force from your foot pushing on the brake pedal to your vehicle’s brakes themselves. As well, the fluid works to keep various braking components lubricated to prevent friction and possible damage.

Your vehicle’s brake fluid has a specific boiling point. Under normal conditions, the fluid should never boil. However, the fluid can absorb water over time, which can thus lower its boiling point and increase the chances of a brake failure.

This is precisely why it is so important to have your brake system regularly inspected and change your brake fluid at your manufacturer’s recommended intervals. At Fox Hyundai in Grand Rapids, our service staff will be happy to provide any brake services you need to ensure your vehicle remains safe on the road.

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