Being on the road with a faulty brake system is dangerous. You need to take note of any signs that there is an issue with your car’s brakes. If you are unsure, visit the auto repair shop and have them check your system. You may also perform some simple car maintenance by changing or adding brake fluid.
Driving with low levels of brake fluid is never advisable. Don’t rush to add fluid if you haven’t checked the brake pads to ensure they are in proper condition. Let’s share a few tips on what to do when you notice issues to do with the car’s brake fluid.
If you notice a significant drop in the fluid, you may need to add or change the it completely depending on the situation at hand. Sometimes low levels indicate a problem with the brake system. Your mechanic may even recommend a replacement of the brake pads. All these is part of routine car maintenance.
If you are unsure of what to do, we would suggest visiting the nearest auto shop. You will be advised whether to change the brake pads or just add some brake fluid. Remember that there are some problems with the brake system that have nothing to do with the fluid. For instance, there could be air in the brake lines that may need to be removed to save the situation.
With this in mind, the following instructions will help you to change or add brake fluid.
Step 1: Identify the location of the fluid reservoir
Step 2: Check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir. If the level has hit the full mark, there is no need to add or remove any fluid. Close the reservoir.
Step 3: If you notice the level of fluid is below the full line, start by inspecting the disc brakes. Sometimes disc brakes experience wear and tear that causes fluid to be lost in the calipers. Make sure you also note the color of the brake fluid. If it’s dark, it probably needs to be changed.
While the process of changing or adding brake fluid may seem simple, sometimes visiting the auto shop is recommended to avoid mishaps when handling it. For instance, you must use the right fluid for your car. If the car manufacturer states that DOT 5 brake fluid is best suited for your car, do not go for DOT3 or other fluids. You should also never add a different fluid instead of brake fluid inside the reservoir. Doing this could damage vital car components and even compromise the car’s performance. Make sure you properly dispose fluid that is no longer in use.
While the process of adding or checking brake fluid may appear easy, you may need to consult your mechanic if you are unsure about any step. A simple mistake like using the wrong fluid can result in severe damage to your car.