Complete Brake Repair and Service in Willoughby Ohio
Why you should Flush your Brake Fluid
Brake fluid, while in use, can pick up moisture. How does this happen? Brake fluid, by it’s nature, tend to absorb moisture from the atmosphere around your car, usually through the brake hoses or master cylinder reservoir.
When moisture contaminates your brake fluid, it lowers its boiling point. This means that contamination could cause a boil and release vapor into your braking system. If vapor contaminates your system, you could be looking at a brake pedal that pushes too low or simply doesn’t work at all.
If you have ABS brakes, a moisture problem in the braking system could result in thousands of dollars of needed repairs. If you brake fluid reaches high enough temperatures while contaminated with moisture, it can make your brake fluid into an acidic substance. This acid can break down the components of your braking system, and cause damage that will destroy the brake system module.
As car manufacturers have seen this as a problem, they have added brake fluid maintenance to most vehicle’s suggested scheduled maintenance.