Over time you may find that your brakes become less responsive and it’s important to keep them well maintained. To help Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte drivers, we at The Lake Dealerships Ford want to offer information on brake fluid flushing.
Read more to learn why you should always keep up to date with your brake maintenance. Then schedule a service appointment with us today!
Why You Should Flush Your Brakes
Your brakes are the first line of defense when it comes to safety while inside your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to keep them in great condition as much as possible. Among the maintenance that drivers can perform to keep their brakes working well, brake flushing is important for keeping your hydraulic system operating properly.
Look under the hood of your car and you’ll find the master cylinder of your brake fluid. This liquid starts off naturally clear, however, over time this liquid can build up impurities. These impurities can come from air getting into your hydraulic brake system, water build up in the system, and even dirt and dust getting mixed in.
Over time, these impurities can begin to degrade the overall effectiveness of your brake fluid and leave your brakes feeling unresponsive. It’s here where brake flushing comes into play, when you flush your brakes you release those impurities and fully refresh your brake fluid reserves.
How to Flush Your Brakes
Flushing your brakes is a fairly involved task and so we recommend that inexperienced people consult a professional at our service center instead. When flushing your brake system, it’s possible you can introduce air to your brakes by doing it improperly. If this occurs, your brake system may become permanently damaged.
It’s important to first know how to read your brake fluid to tell if it’s ready to be replaced. First, lift your hood and find the master cylinder, a small plastic reservoir near the engine. Lift the cap from the reservoir and check to see if your fluid is black. Over time, contaminants in your brake fluid can lower its boiling point causing the fluid to boil more and turn a dark color.
After that, use a turkey baster to remove all of your old brake fluid from the master cylinder, putting it into a plastic bottle, before filling it back up with new fluid. At this point, you want to bleed any remaining brake fluid from your system that may still be inside your calipers.
To bleed your brakes, connect a plastic tube through the cap of the bottle and connect the tube to your calipers. It’s important to make sure everything is airtight so make sure the plastic tube is submerged in the old brake fluid. Then, have a friend press on your brakes until all the old fluid is flushed from the calipers and all you see is fresh, clear fluid in the tube.
Schedule Your Next Brake Fluid Flush
Making sure your brakes are in good shape is important for ensuring your vehicle can stop properly. Our team at The Lake Dealerships Ford wants to help Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte drivers drive with confidence.
Are you due for your next brake flush? Schedule a service appointment with us online or over the phone today!