HOW TO CHECK BRAKE FLUID

Bozeman drivers don't need to be reminded that their brake system is one of the most vital components of their vehicle. With that said, it's crucial that your brakes are always in proper working condition and aren't suffering too much wear. But how do you ensure your brakes are functioning as they should be? One simple way is to check your brake fluid at least once per year. Learn more about how to check brake fluid with Rimrock GMC Hummer, your local auto service experts, below!


WHAT IS BRAKE FLUID?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps your brake pedal move. It also provides lubrication to the brake system, helping to avoid corrosion. Now that we're clear on what brake fluid is, it's time to find out how to check your brake fluid level.

3 EASY STEPS TO CHECK BRAKE FLUID

  1. Locate your vehicle's brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. Your owner's manual will tell you the exact location for your make and model.
  2. On the outside of the reservoir, you should see "minimum" and "maximum" lines. Check the brake fluid against these lines. If the brake fluid is closer to the minimum line, it's time for a brake fluid replacement or brake service.
  3. Note the color of the brake fluid. If it's dark brown or black and looks more like oil, it's time to schedule a brake fluid flush.

WHAT COLOR IS BRAKE FLUID?

New brake fluid is almost transparent, with a slightly yellow tint, but the color will change with time as you continue to use your brakes in Montana. As we noted above, if the color of your brake fluid is dark brown or black and resembles engine oil, this is a sign that it has picked up an abundance of dirt and debris over time, which may have an effect on your vehicle's brake system performance if ignored.

GET TRUSTED BRAKE SERVICE AT RIMROCK GMC HUMMER

Whether you like to change your brake fluid at home in Missoula or you prefer to schedule an appointment at a professional service center like the one here at Rimrock GMC Hummer, our auto service experts are here to help. Contact us or visit us in BILLINGS today for additional help, and be sure to browse our helpful service specials for great savings! For more service advice you can trust, like how to remove dents and scratches or how often to change your oil, consult our service technicians today!