What is a Brake Fluid Flush and Why Do I Need One?

When was the last time you had your brake fluid changed? If you can't remember, it's time for a brake flush. All fluids in a vehicle play an important role in its overall health, and brake fluid is no exception. Why does brake fluid needs to be replaced on a regular basis and what happens when it isn't?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that transmits the force from your foot on the brake pedal to the brake pads or shoes. Over time, brake fluid becomes contaminated with moisture and other impurities. This can cause corrosion and other problems in the braking system.


Brake fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles or so to prevent these problems. A brake flush is a service in which all the old brake fluid is flushed out of the system and replaced with new fluid. This is important because old brake fluid can damage the braking system and cause decreased performance.  

 

But brake fluid isn't the only fluid in your vehicle you should be mindful of…

The other five primary fluids are:

  • Engine Oil: Engine oil is a lubricant that is used in vehicles to reduce wear and tear on the engine. It also helps to cool the engine by absorbing heat. Engine oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months (whichever comes first) to keep the engine running smoothly. 
  • Transmission Fluid: Transmission fluid lubricates and cools the moving parts of a transmission. It needs to be changed regularly because it breaks down over time and can cause damage to the transmission. It should be changed every 30,000 miles or every two years, whichever comes first.
  • Coolant: Coolant is a fluid that helps to keep your engine from overheating by regulating its temperature. It circulates through the engine and absorbs heat, then releases it into the air. Coolant needs to be changed every 45,000 miles or so to maintain optimal performance and avoid any potential damage to your engine. 
  • Power Steering Fluid: Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid used in automobiles to assist the driver in turning the wheel. It needs to be changed every 30,000 miles because it breaks down over time and can lead to corrosion and other problems. 
  • Differential Fluid: Differential fluid is a hydraulic fluid that is used to lubricate the differential in a car. It is recommended that differential fluid be changed every 30,000 miles because it can become contaminated with dirt and debris, which can lead to wear and tear on the differential.

All these fluids need to be checked regularly and replaced as needed. If you're due for a brake flush, or any other car maintenance service, be sure to schedule an appointment with Wilton Auto and Tire Center. We'll address all your maintenance concerns and perform a comprehensive multi-point inspection to ensure everything running smoothly and safely.

 

Written by Wilton Auto & Tire Center