Fredericksburg Auto Repair

HOW IS YOUR BRAKE FLUID HOLDING UP?

One of the best ways to avoid deterioration of brake components is to replace brake fluid regularly. This regular maintenance procedure can help avert costly repairs and ensure safety. How? Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture even in a sealed system. As the brake fluid absorbs moisture, copper alloy in the seams of steel brake lines are subject to corrosion. As the copper corrodes and eventually dissolves the fluid, the rubber seals come under attack. Because brake fluid contamination is more common than most vehicle owners realize, some manufacturers recommend that brake fluid be flushed every 2 years. Brake fluid naturally darkens over time, but coloration reveals little about brake fluid’s condition. It is better to rely on a replacement time table. Brake fluid should be routinely drained and flushed to help prevent corrosion and premature wear of hydraulic components. We service all makes and models—cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and mini vans. One of our ASE Certified Technicians can perform a thorough maintenance check and service as needed so you enjoy peace of mind and avoid breakdowns.

HINT: To test brake fluid condition, test strips (which turn color in the presence of copper) or an electronic conductivity tester that measures the moisture content in brake fluid may be used.

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