How To Check Brake Fluid

Checking Brake Fluid

Many Las Vegas-are car drivers understand the importance of their brakes and why they need to be working correctly and not too worn down. To make sure your brakes are working properly, you can check the brake fluid before hitting the roads. The Findlay Toyota service department has a guide on how to check the brake fluid. Follow the steps below, and you will be back out on the road in no time!

What is Brake Fluid?

It’s a hydraulic fluid that helps with the movement of the brake pedal. It also lubricates your braking system to keep 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 is almost clear with a slight yellow tint. Of course, this will change over time as you’re using your braking system. Brake fluid will get an oil-like dark color after picking up dirt and debris over time, which will affect your brake’s performance if left unattended.

Findlay Toyota Helps with Brake Service

You can change our brake fluid at home, or schedule a service appointment at our service center near Pahrump. Our Toyota-trained technicians can change your brake fluid and get you back out on the road in no time. Give us a call today if you have any questions! Learn about other service tips, like how to jump start a car, when you visit us.