Although often overlooked, your vehicle's brake fluid is very important to the operation of the brake system. The brake system is hydraulic, which means that the brake fluid is used to create the pressure needed to slow or stop your vehicle. When you step on the brake pedal, pressure from the brake fluid is generated to press the brake pads which in turn stop your wheels from turning. A leak or air in the brake fluid can greatly decrease hydraulic power and make it difficult to stop or slow when you need to.
If there is an issue with your brake fluid, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Brake warning light has illuminated
- Brake fluid appears low, discolored, or dirty
- Brake pedal feels spongy
- Car takes longer to brake than normal
As soon as you recognize an issue with your vehicle's brake system, it's important to bring your car into the experts here at Haglin Automotive. Driving with any indication of faulty brakes can greatly risk your safety on the road. Our professionals will perform a full inspection of your brake system to understand the problem and provide you with the repairs needed to get you back on the road with a safe vehicle.
There are many different causes of brake fluid issues, including the following:
- A leak in the system
- Worn brake pads
- Damaged brake lines
One way you can help avoid low brake fluid issues is with regular inspections of your vehicle's brake system. It's also important to follow your vehicle's factory recommendations when it comes to brake fluid flushes. A brake fluid flush will replace old brake fluid and replace it with fresh, clean fluid. Brake fluid tends to get dirty over time and can also be contaminated with air and moisture which can affect the hydraulic power of the brakes.
If you suspect that your vehicle needs brake repair Boulder, we invite you into Haglin Automotive today!