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Why You Should Service Your Brake Fluid?

Why You Should Service Your Brake Fluid?

Why You Should Service Your Brake Fluid?

Your Brake Fluid Requires Regular Service Because It Becomes Contaminated By Moisture.

How does moisture get into your break fluid? Brake fluid is hygroscopic which means that it magnetically attracts and absorbs moisture from the atmosphere, usually through the master cylinder reservoir and permeable break hoses.

Moisture contamination lowers the boiling point of your brake fluid, so, even under ordinary driving conditions, it could cause the fluid to boil and release vapor into your break system. When this vapor compresses inside the system, you may find yourself facing in one of the most dreaded driving crises a dangerously low brake pedal or even no brake!

Moisture contamination can also result in very costly repairs into the thousands if you have ABS type brakes! When moisture contaminated brake fluid reaches very high temperatures as much as 450 to 500 degrees an electrochemical reaction makes the fluid highly acidic. The acid breaks down the steel line and the rubber hoses and can cause early failure of the cast iron and aluminum components in your brakes.

Brake fluid contamination has become so much of a concern, some car manufacturers have added brake fluid serve to their required maintenance schedules.


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Comment (1)

June 26, 2012

It’s also a good practice to change your fluid at least once a year. Always use a fresh bottle when changing brake fluid.

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