How To Check Brake Fluid

It's no secret that the brakes are one of the most significant components of your Subaru vehicle. That's why it's essential that your brakes are always working correctly and are not too worn down. If you want to make sure your brakes are functioning correctly, be sure to check the brake fluid before hitting the Vail and Grand Junction roads. 

What is Brake Fluid?

It's a hydraulic fluid that helps with the movement of the brake pedal. Brake fluid also helps lubricate your braking system and keeps it from corroding. Now that you have an understanding of 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?

If the brake fluid is brand new, it should be just about clear with a slight yellowish tint to it. Of course, this is going to change 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.

Glenwood Springs Subaru Helps with Brake Service 

You have the option of changing your brake fluid right at home, or you can schedule an appointment at your local service center near Grand Junction. Our highly trained technicians can change your brake fluid and let you know if your brakes require any additional service. Give us a call today if you have additional questions like how to jump start your car or why your car trembles when braking! We can even help you learn more about Subaru Certified Pre-Owned warranty coverage, how Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive works, and bad credit auto financing.

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