Brake fluid is an essential aspect of a car’s maintenance. In the instruction’s manual, most car manufacturers specify to change the brake fluid every 24 months or 24000 miles. The brake fluid service uses a brake flushing machine.
Servicing Master Ltd U.K. is providing brake fluid replacement service in Reading, Berkshire. The company offers many cost-effective solutions for cars repair and maintenance, such as total and interim car servicing, accident management services, M.O.T. tests, and inspections of different vehicle parts.
What is brake fluid?
Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid used in the hydraulic clutch and hydraulic brake applications in cars. It is essential for the brakes’ function because when pressure is applied to the brake pedal, the brake fluid transfers it to the rear and front brakes to stop the vehicle.
When should you get a brake fluid replacement service?
Brake fluid replacement is required at least once every 2 years. The time for having brake fluid service depends on many factors, such as the manufacturing date of the car, the make and model, mileage, and the place where it was driven.
Why should you get a brake fluid replacement service?
Brake fluid change and replacement are required for many reasons, such as:
Leakage in the brake fluid
If water gets into the brake system and corrodes the parts
Contaminated or dirty brake fluid
Contamination of brake fluid with water
How to keep the brake fluid safe?
Brake fluid replacement procedure requires you to understand the following:
Choose a good-quality brake fluid from a renowned manufacturer for your vehicle. Mostly, the D.O.T. 3 or D.O.T. 4 brake fluid is preferred for most cars. The new version is the D.O.T.5 brake fluid. The specialty of the D.O.T.5 brake fluid is that it does not eat paint. Moreover, it does not absorb moisture, but this can cause water accumulation inside the brake system, which may corrode the brakes
Oxygen can oxidize the brake fluid, lowering its boiling point
Ice crystals may also form in the brake fluid, which impedes the braking mechanism. These crystals form when the brake fluid combines with the water vapors in the air. This lowers the boiling point of the brake fluid, and eventually, it forms crystals during cold weather. Hence, exposure of brake fluid to air slowly contaminates it.
Moisture damages and causes internal corrosion in the master cylinder, calipers, brake lines, and other parts.
Brake fluid’s contamination with water causes the brake system to rust. It may also etch the master cylinder and wheel cylinder, fouling the brakes. It damages the critical segments of the A.B.S.
Dirty or contaminated brake fluid impedes the functioning of the brakes.
A fault in the brakes affects the brake pedal feel, as well as heat dissipation.
If water gets into the brakes, it reduces the boiling point of the brake fluid. This may adversely affect the ability of the vehicle to stop in hard stops, also because of an increase in the heat of the system
Brake fluid must be kept away from paints and painted surfaces.
Bleeding the brakes requires professional service.
How do I know if my brake fluid needs changing?
Following problems appear in a faltering brake fluid:
The brake pedal gets spongy, soft, and bouncy.
Brake performance becomes ineffective.
Smells and strange noises during braking.
The color of the brake fluid is not transparent or clean.
How many miles does brake fluid need to be changed?
Most automotive experts suggest replacing the brake fluid regularly in routine car servicing. Generally, brake fluid replacement service must occur once every 2 to 3 years on 24000 miles or 36000 miles.
What is the brake fluid replacement cost in Reading, Berkshire?
The cost of brake fluid replacement in Reading, Berkshire is between £50 or £60.
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