Brake fluid is one of those “out of sight, out of mind” automobile components that we often overlook until something goes wrong. Your brake fluid is constantly trying to keep you safe on the road. It can become burned out, depleted, or polluted over time, preventing appropriate brake operation. Keep an eye out for these five symptoms that your fluid needs to be flushed.
Brake Pedal Feels Soft and Bouncy
Is your brake pedal soft, spongy, loose, or bouncy when you step on it? Is it necessary to press the brake pedal all the way to the bottom before your vehicle slows and stops? This is a hint that your brake fluid needs to be changed.
Due to a lack of braking fluid, air will enter the gaps in your brake line, resulting in soft brakes. Spongy brake pedals can be frightening and dangerous, especially if they are not maintained as soon as you notice a problem.
Your ABS Light Is On
The ABS dashboard light shows that your anti-lock braking system is malfunctioning. To avoid skids and retain traction, this device prevents your wheels from locking up when braking. When your brake fluid is low, the ABS system kicks in to assist you in safely stopping your car.
Your Brakes Feel Ineffective
To keep you safe in an emergency, your brakes should be quick and sensitive. Any issues slowing or stopping your car is an indication that your brakes need to be serviced. Such problems could indicate the necessity to flush your brake fluid.
Warped rotors, worn brake pads, or a problem with another brake system component are all possibilities. An underlying problem, such as deteriorated tire tread, shocks, or struts, could also be the reason for ineffective braking. One of our experienced mechanics can inspect your brake system and determine which work is required to restore brake function.
Noises and Odors
If you hear weird noises during braking, it could be due to a lack of brake fluid or another problem with the brake system. Scraping or grinding noises are common sounds.
Burning odors following strong braking could indicate that your fluid has been burned out. In this instance, you should pull over to a safe location and allow your car to cool down. You should also seek advice from a local mechanic and plan a servicing visit. Driving with burned brake fluid can lead to more catastrophic problems, such as brake failure.
Routine Maintenance For Your Brakes
You can always rely on your suggested replacement plan for your vehicle. A flush is required every two years or 30,000 miles on average.
This maintenance schedule is also influenced by your driving habits. If you drive shorter routes with frequent braking, for example, you may require more frequent flushes. Any brake fluid information particular to your vehicle can be found in your owner’s handbook.
Quality Star Imports & Domestic Brake Maintenance
Still not sure if your brake fluid needs to be flushed? Bring your car to Quality Star Imports & Domestic in Las Vegas. To get your brakes back in working order, we’ll replace all of your old, unclean, and depleted brake fluid.
With two locations serving Las Vegas, we are prepared to help you whenever you need it! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.