Are Brake Fluid Flushes Necessary?

While everyone knows the basics of an oil change, most drivers have no idea what a brake fluid flush is. If your vehicle has a hydraulic braking system, it relies on brake fluid to facilitate the entire braking mechanism. Therefore, a brake fluid flush is a mechanical service provided by Brazzeal Automotive to remove dirty brake fluid from your vehicle's system and replenish it with clean brake fluid. The secret to getting the best and most effective braking is by having a brake fluid flush, using high-quality brake fluid.

Why Is Brake Fluid Flush Necessary for My Car?

The brake system is the most crucial system in your vehicle when it comes to safety. Brake fluid is used for the brake system because it will not easily break down under high pressure or temperatures. However, brake fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it has a water weakness. If water contaminates and dilutes your brake fluid, it will ultimately lower the brake fluid's boiling point and overall effectiveness.

To prevent this harmful buildup from occurring, most automobile manufacturers advise that you do a brake fluid flush every two to four years.

What Kind of Cars Need a Brake Fluid Flush?

Every vehicle has a braking mechanism, either powered electrically or hydraulically. Only vehicles with hydraulic brake systems require this type of fluid maintenance.

Signs That You Need a Brake Fluid Flush

  • Soft, spongy, or loose brake pedal
  • ABS light comes on the dashboard
  • Unusual noises or smells coming from the brakes
  • Physical evidence of contaminated or discolored brake fluid
  • A drop in brake responsiveness and performance

As you can tell, ineffective brakes can put you in dangerous situations, so don't neglect your brake fluid maintenance. Now that you understand the importance of a brake fluid flush, when was the last time your car received one? 


If you need a fluid flush, we welcome you to bring your vehicle into our Tampa auto repair shop at your earliest convenience. Brazzeal Automotive would be glad to serve you with all your auto maintenance needs!

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