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Want to learn more about Brake Fluid changes?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What is brake fluid?

Brake fluid is a specifically created hydraulic fluid that is used to transfer the force created by pressing down onto the brake pedal into pushing the brake pads (or shoes) against the brake discs.

How does brake fluid work and what are the components?

Unlike water for instance, hydraulic brake fluid doesn’t condense when pressure is applied to it. Due to its molecular structure this means that the force applied at one end of an enclosed area has reduced loss at the other end.

When the foot brakes are applied, a pressure is created in the brake master cylinder, which then transfers through the brake pipes to force the piston in the brake caliper or wheel cylinder out and therefore pushes the brake pads or shoes against the discs and drums.

How do you know there is something wrong with the brake fluid?

  • If you suspect there is any issue with your brake fluid or are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with immediate effect.
  • Whilst there are little outward signs that there is an issue with your brake fluid, you may find that your brakes feel less responsive than they used to.

When should you consider a brake fluid replacement?

Brake fluid is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture over time. The ingress of water reduced the fluid resistance to compression and this will make the brakes inefficient. You may notice a reduction in reaction and could even start to experience more brake fade as the water will reduce the boiling point of the fluid.

Therefore the fluid should be replaced every 5 years at least. Whilst you may not notice any reduction in braking ability, it will have been a very gradual decline and therefore not an immediate, noticeable drop off.

If you make heavy use of your brakes, from your driving style or towing a caravan for example, you may find that your brakes will loose their ability to slow the vehicle. This brake fade is due to the fluid’s boiling point being reached and that has a detrimental effect on its hydraulic properties. So, if you notice smoke coming out the wheels after heavy or prolonged braking it’s quite likely the fluid will have been boiled. Even though it will cool down, it will start to absorb more moisture and its efficiency will be reduced.

How common is a brake fluid replacement required?

Usually, brake fluid is only replaced at the time recommended by the manufacturer. However if there has been damage to the brake system and components such as a brake caliper needing replacement, then it's best to have the fluid replaced as well rather than just bleeding the air out the system.

Also, as explained previously, if you overheat the brakes on a regular basis then the fluid will need changing more frequently in order for it to retain its efficiency.

How can I extend the life of my brake fluid?

As with most parts of your car, the less pressure you put on any part of your car’s brakes, the longer the fluid remains effective. If you carry heavy loads frequently, or tow a caravan for example, your brake system will come under greater pressure than it would otherwise and as such the quality of the fluid may be reduced by the heat being generated. Therefore, removing unnecessary weight from the vehicle will not only improve your fuel consumption, it will also maintain the efficiency of your brake fluid.

Also consider your driving style. Anticipating the road conditions ahead, keeping your speed as constant as possible, and thereby avoiding sharp braking are all likely to lengthen the interval between brake fluid replacements.

What happens during a brake fluid replacement?

  • Mechanic will inspect the brake system.
  • Mechanic will advise if other parts of the brake system need replacing too.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the brake fluid and bleed the air from the system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the brake system and, if deemed safe, test drive the car.

How much does a brake fluid replacement cost?
The cost of a brake fluid replacement depends on your car and what fluid your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your brake fluid replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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