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How to Check Brake Fluid

Your brakes, to state the obvious, matter a great deal. Drivers want to be sure that their vehicle is performing at optimal capacity, but not everyone knows the what, when, and how of checking brake fluid. Rick Hendrick Chevrolet has crafted this comprehensive guide concerning how to check brake fluid before your next trip around Charleston. If you want a professional to help, you can always schedule service at our dedicated service center in Charleston!

How to Check Brake Fluid: Simple Steps

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that keeps your vehicle’s entire brake system lubricated. In addition to helping the brake pedal move, the fluid is what keeps the parts of your brake system from wearing out or corroding. In other words, problems in brake fluid can affect the performance on your vehicle dramatically. Here’s how to easily see what’s going on under the hood:

  • Consult your manual and find the location of your brake fluid reservoir, which will be on the master cylinder.
  • There should be two lines on this reservoir labeled “minimum” and “maximum.” You should look into replacing the fluid and getting brake service if it looks to be sitting closer to the “minimum” line marker.

What Color is Brake Fluid?

Aside from quantity, North Charleston area drivers should also check the color of their brake fluid. So, what color is brake fluid?

  • In normal circumstances, your brake fluid will look close to clear with a slight yellowish tint. But over time, various factors like dirt can cause it to darken, or look oil-like.
  • If you’re seeing such a dark tint, you will want what’s called a brake fluid flush before you head out on Mount Pleasant roads. Find a dedicated service department and look for service specials on brake service.

Schedule Brake Service at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet

Whether you’re trying to spruce up an old vehicle or just making sure your pre-owned purchase is in tip top shape, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet is here to help drivers from Charleston to James Island keep their brakes in optimal condition. For brake fluid and other essential automotive needs, like checking transmission fluid, please consult our service center and parts center. And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us or simply drop by the next time you’re in the Charleston area!

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