What Is A Brake Fluid Change?
Recommended Every 2 Years or 20,000klm
Remove Old Brake Fluid
Bleed Brake Lines
Replace With New Clean Brake Fluid
The braking system on a modern-day vehicle relies on brake fluid to transfer the pressure applied to the brake pedal and use it to force the brake pads or shoes against the rotors or drums and allow the vehicle to slow down and stop.
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that over time, the fluid will absorb moisture and other contaminants from the air and reduce the effectiveness of the braking system. Air can also enter the system, which will cause the brake pedal to feel spongy.
If left unchecked, this can cause damage to the lines and other braking components and put you and other motorists in danger.
Carrying out a brake system flush will ensure proper system performance and increases the longevity of your braking components.
How is a Brake System Flush Performed?
The mechanic will inspect the condition of the fluid, and if it requires changing, will drain the braking system reservoir and fill it with new fluid.
The vehicle will be raised up to allow access to the brake calipers and drums (if fitted) and the brake fluid will be pumped through via a hand-held vacuum pump or atmospheric pressure, starting at the caliper or drum furthest away from the reservoir.
Once the fluid has been flushed through thoroughly, the reservoir will be topped up and the braking system tested for correct operation.
The brake fluid will be inspected for condition and contamination
The reservoir will be drained and filled with new fluid
The vehicle will be raised up and braking components inspected
The old fluid will be flushed out and replaced with new fluid
The braking system will be bled to ensure there is no air trapped in the system
The fluid will be topped up, and any spills cleaned up
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