When we learn driving a car, we learn the ‘ABC’ of the car which stands for Accelerate, Brake, Clutch. So clearly, Brake is one of the most important components of a properly functioning car. The brake of a car is majorly responsible for the safety of the car, the driver, and its passengers. A well-operating brake is backed by brake fluid.
WHAT IS BRAKE FLUID?
Brake fluid or hydraulic fluid is responsible for the functioning and working of various parts of a car’s brake system. It is a non-compressible liquid that converts force into pressure and escalates braking force.
An obvious question that follows is can the brake fluid go bad, the answer to which is, yes; the brake fluid can get spoiled with time and wear out eventually. The reason why this happens is that, with time, brake fluid absorbs moisture, especially in areas with high moisture where dampness flows through the seals. Water has a cooling effect and thus reduces the boiling point of the brake fluid. In driving up a hill, around a mountain, making frequent stops etc., where high performance of the brake is required, the brake fluid gets so heated that it damages the stopping ability of the brake which may result in partial loss of braking power. In other words, brake fluid is ‘hygroscopic’; it sucks or absorbs all the water like a sponge.
HOW LONG IS BRAKE FLUID USABLE?
Usually, the brake fluids can be used up to a period of two years. But this entirely depends on the driving condition. If someone lives in an area with humidity and moisture, or if someone is into car racing and such sports, the brake fluid needs to be replaced more frequently than 2 years.
SIGNS OF BAD BRAKE FLUID
Whenever we apply the brake, ideally, we should get a firm feeling while doing that, like pressing down a brick. In case the brake fluid has worn out, the most prominent sign would be the brake pedal. On pressing against the brake pedal, if you feel like you are pressing down on a sponge, then it could be a sign that there is not enough brake fluid present, the brake pad has worn out, or the brake fluid is contaminated.
In this case, it would be best to take your car to a mechanic and get it diagnosed through the required course of action.
BE SAFE RATHER THAN BEING SORRY
When it comes to vehicle safety, it is always wise to take all the necessary precautions well in advance. Bring your vehicle to Jackson MOT Brake Repair Northampton to get it thoroughly examined to prevent any unfortunate incident from happening.