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Do I Need to Change My Car's Brake Fluid?

Your vehicle's brake system is extremely important to the overall safety of your vehicle. Brake failure is one of the top causes of accidents on the road due to mechanical failure. This is why understanding the symptoms of failing brakes and how often they should be serviced is vital. You're probably familiar with your brake pads, but did you know that brake fluid needs to be changed as well? 

First, let's talk about what exactly brake fluid is. Brake fluid is essentially hydraulic fluid. The brakes are a hydraulic powered system, which means it uses fluid to create pressure in order to power the system. The brake fluid operates under very high amounts of pressure and heat in order to work properly. However, over time, there are certain things that can occur that can make the brake fluid contaminated or less effective, which can lessen the overall power of your brakes. 

If it's time to change your vehicle's brake fluid, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • The ABS warning light is on
  • Brake pedal feels spongy
  • Brake pedal goes to the floor or needs to be pumped to work
  • Strange noises while braking
  • A burning smell while braking

Any of the symptoms listed above can indicate that you may need a brake fluid change. However, they can also be signs of needing other brake repairs, such as brake pad replacement or rotor resurfacing. As soon as you notice an issue with your brakes, it is important to get your vehicle into the experts here at Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre for an inspection. We never want you to find yourself with faulty brakes on the road, and our experts will ensure that your brake system is proper restored in a timely manner. 

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