How to Check Brake Fluid

December 16th, 2018 by

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Lynbrook drivers already know that brakes are one of the most important parts of any Volkswagen SUV or sedan. At Sunrise Volkswagen, we know how crucial it is that your brakes are always working correctly and aren’t worn down. One simple way to make sure that your brakes are functioning properly is to check your brake fluid before hitting the Long Beach roads with the service center at Sunrise Volkswagen!

What is Brake Fluid?

It’s a hydraulic fluid that helps with the movement of the brake pedal. It also lubricates your braking system and keeps it from corroding. Now that you know what it is, you can check your brake fluid.

3 Steps to Check Brake Fluid

  1. Locate your vehicle’s brake fluid reservoir on the master cylinder under the hood. Check your owner’s manual to find the exact location.
  2. On the outside of the reservoir you should see “minimum” and “maximum” lines. Check the brake fluid against these lines. If the brake fluid is closer to the minimum line, it’s time for a brake fluid replacement or brake service.
  3. Take a look at the color of the brake fluid. If it’s dark brown or black and looks more like oil, you’ll need a brake fluid flush.

What Color is Brake Fluid?

New brake fluid should be almost clear with a yellowish tint to it. Of course, this changes over time as you use your braking system. As we mentioned, dark oil-like brake fluid has picked up dirt and debris over time, which can affect the performance of your brakes if left unattended.

Sunrise Volkswagen Helps with Brake Service

You can change your brake fluid at home, or you can schedule an appointment at your local service center near Long Beach. Our highly trained technicians can change your brake fluid and let you know if your brakes require any additional service.

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