Brake Fluid

Much like oil is the blood of the engine, brake fluid is the blood of your brake system. While brake fluid doesnt lubricate any moving parts, brake fluid provides the force with which the brake pads are pushed closed around the rotor of the wheel. In order to properly check and add brake fluid you must first be familiar with the location of the brake fluid reservoir.Brake

The brake fluid reservoir is located in the upper right-hand corner of the engine compartment. The fluid reservoir is almost always clear so that you can visually check the level of the fluid in the reservoir, measuring it against level markers on the reservoir itself. The marks usually will read "min" and "max" to easily identify the correct amount of fluid needed.

Checking Brake Fluid

Checking the level of brake fluid in your vehicle is as easy as popping the hood and looking at the brake fluid reservoir referencing the markers on the reservoir against the amount of fluid in the reservoir. Steve Nelson recommends checking your brake fluid level as often as you check your oil, every time you gas up. To add brake fluid, simply unscrew the cap and pour it in, making sure the engine is turned off.

Types of Brake Fluid

Like oil, there are many different brands and kinds of brake fluid. Each vehicle is different concerning its brake system and therefore a specific type of brake fluid is needed for a specific brake system. To determine which brake fluid to use simply consult your owner's manual or call your local repair shop for advice.

Steve Nelson said that just like oil, brake fluids out on the market are for the most part the same and do the same job.

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Changing Brake Fluid

Steve Nelson recommends getting your brake fluid changed twice a year or when getting major brake service performed. I recommend getting your brake fluid flushed and changed at a repair shop as it is a more complicated task then what this Web site is trying to provide. It is better to leave the delicate procedure to a certified professional.