Most of us know to change brake pads as they wear down, but not everybody realizes that brake fluid change aka brake fluid flush are also important for the proper brake function. Brake fluid needs to be changed regularly. Failure to do so may, over time, corrode brake system, and increase braking distance. Brake fluid flush involves evacuating old brake fluid, and refilling the brake system with fresh brake fluid. We select brake fluid that has the chemical and mechanical characteristics that are matched to your particular vehicle.
Why Do Vehicles Need Brake Fluid Exchange?
Because brake fluid deteriorates with time – in many ways. High temperatures generated during braking further speed up this process. Over time brake fluid will lose its anti-corrosive properties, while it absorbs moisture from the environment. Yes, brake fluid is hygroscopic – it absorbs moisture. Over time, as the protective chemicals brake down and are depleted, while the water content of the fluid increases, it will cause corrosion of parts of the braking system. In addition, as the water content increases, it makes it less effective, resulting in decreased braking performance.
How Often Should the Brake Fluid be Changed?
The general rule of thumb, and recommended by many manufacturers, is that brake fluid be changed every 20,000 miles or 2 years. At Doral’s Auto Repair we can test your vehicle’s brake fluid and let you know if it needs to be replaced. We can also inspect your vehicle’s entire braking system – brake hoses, brake lines, rotors, brake calipers, brake pads/shoes, backing plates, brake master cylinder and other brake system components.
So if you don’t remember when was the last time that your vehicle had brake fluid change, or if you know it’s time for brake fluid flush, bring your vehicle to our San Leandro auto repair shop. Our friendly staff will welcome you, while our nationally ASE certified technicians will treat your vehicle as if it were our own. We also provide:
- 36 month / 36,000 mile warranty for your peace of mind
- In most cases, same day service completion
- Original Equipment or better quality parts
Doral’s Auto Repair – San Leandro’s premier auto repair shop is family owned and operated. We offer complete automotive maintenance and repair services. So when you vehicle needs brake fluid change, brake inspection, or any auto service or repair, call Doral’s or make an appointment on our website.