Most vehicle owners never stop to check on their brakes until the start to experience problems. At this time, though, it is almost always too late to do any preventative work and the brakes usually have to be replaced entirely. Taking care of your brakes can save a lot of money over time and greatly reduce the chance of serious damage due to brake line problems. One of the things you should pay attention to is brake fluid. Here is what you need to know about brake fluid replacement:
Why You Need To Have Your Brake Fluid Replaced
Even though they are one of the most important safety features on a vehicle, the braking system can have problems over time. With consistent wear and tear some of the external components of a braking system, such as rubber valves, calipers, and other areas will break down. When this happens, bits and pieces can end up in your brake fluid which can cause problems with its performance.
Another big problem with brake fluid is that, even though it is a completely closed and sealed system, moisture can still build up inside over time. When this happens and water starts to mix with your brake fluid, the boiling temperature begins to lower which makes the braking system less effective (especially in emergency situations).
Because of these external factors doing damage to your braking system that you may not even see, it is important to visit a mechanic for brake fluid replacement.
How Often You Need Brake Fluid Replacement
Having your brake fluid replaced typically depends on how often you use the vehicle and in what type of environment. Many manufacturers include time tables for having your brake fluid changed but these widely vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Some companies like Ford and Toyota do not list them at all.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is what type of traffic you deal with on a daily basis. If you are stuck in stop-go traffic every morning and evening to commute for work, you are going to put more stress on your brakes than someone who does a lot of travel that does not require much braking (such as driving long distances on the interstate). A general rule of thumb for most vehicles is to have brake fluid replacement every 30,000 miles.