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The Role of Brake Fluid

Brake systems are responsible for safely stopping your vehicle. But it’s more than just brake pads and calipers… one critical factor is the brake fluid.

Your vehicle’s brakes are a hydraulic system. They rely on brake fluid to move other parts in the system.

The brake fluid allows you to push a pedal inside the car and generate enough power to stop your car. The force of the small motion, pushing the brake pedal, gets transferred through the brake fluid into the brake system.

But just like the oil in your engine, brake fluid must be changed regularly. Brake fluid is hygroscopic. This means that is pulls moisture out of the air and draws it inside the brake fluid. As more water collects in the brake system, the more difficult it is to stop your vehicle.

Brake lines filled with water make it extremely difficult for brake fluid to do their job.

Brake fluid must be flushed and replaced at least every two years. This is the minimum requirement – in some cases, your vehicle’s brake fluid may need to be replaced more frequently.

If you experience trouble braking, hear squealing and screeching, or notice a loss of pressure in your brake pedal, bring your vehicle into Import Auto Maintenance as soon as possible. These can indicate a serious problem with your vehicles brake system that may put you and your family at risk.

Our ASE-Certified technicians will thoroughly inspect the brake system for key warning signs and issues that affect your brakes. We’ll also help you keep track of your vehicle’s recommended maintenance, including brake fluid flushes, to keep you safe in your vehicle.

If you suspect a problem with your brakes, call us at (615) 327-9600 right away or request an appointment online. We also welcome walk-ins – stop by our shop on 1616 Broadway in Nashville.