How To Check Brake Fluid

Every Battle Mountain-area driver knows how important brakes are, but many drivers don’t understand how essential brake fluid is to make sure their braking systems work properly. Consequently, it’s important to know how to check brake fluid on your own. The service department at Rackley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is here to help you learn how to check brake fluid before you hit the streets of Elko.

What is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that makes brake pedal inputs transfer to your brakes. When you push your brake pedal, pressurized brake fluid pushes your calipers closed, which uses friction to slow and ultimately stop your wheels from moving. Brake fluid also lubricates your braking system and keeps it from corroding. Below is an easy guide, but if you want more for your braking system parts and info, visit the experts at the Rackley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Mopar® parts store.

Check Your Brake Fluid in 3 Quick Steps

  1. Locate your vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. Your owner’s manual will have a diagram and instructions, in case you have trouble finding it.
  2. On the outside of the reservoir, you’ll see “minimum” and “maximum” level lines. Check where your fluid lies between these lines. If the brake fluid is closer to the minimum line, it’s time for a brake fluid replacement or brake service.
  3. Finally, the color of brake fluid indicates its quality. If it’s dark brown or black and looks more like oil, you’ll need to replace your brake fluid. More on that below.

What Color is Brake Fluid?

When brake fluid is new, it is mostly clear, possibly with a golden tint to it. However, as you use your brakes around Fernley, the brake fluid picks up various debris and dirt over time, which changes its color. When your brake fluid gathers too much to make it effective, your brake fluid will look dark and oil-like. This dirty brake fluid can negatively affect performance, possibly putting stress on your entire braking system.

Get Brake Service at Rackley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

It’s that easy to check your brake fluid, and if your brake fluid is low or dirty, be sure to schedule service today! Our professionals in Winnemucca would love to help you make your commute that much safer. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, like what does an alternator do, for our service team today.

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