Brake fluid is a crucial part of the car's brake system, and without it, your brake system can fail. When the brakes build up pressure, brake fluid is released into the brake pads, allowing the rotors to stop.
Not only is it essential to detect and resolve low brake fluid for your safety, but it also can be a signal of another problem within your vehicle. Low brake fluid can be caused by any of the following: brake line damaged, aging brake pads, or leakage.
Now that we established why brake fluid is essential, you may be wondering how to determine when your brake fluid is low. Here are the warning signs of low brake fluid:
Most of the time, the initial sign that you will notice is the warning light for your brakes. If you see this light flicker on, you more than likely have low brake fluid, and it is time to bring your vehicle into our auto shop.
Difficulty Managing Stops
Another sign that your vehicle is low on brake fluid is if you get a spongy feeling when stepping on your brakes. When your car is running low on brake fluid, condensation usually builds up in the brake system and creates a sponge-like sense.
Low/Discolored Brake Fluid
It is always important to inspect your fluid. It would be best to look for the coloring and whether any debris or particles are contaminating the fluid. We recommend that you check your brake fluid as a part of your routine to ensure that it is not running low or infected.
Recent Brake Replacement
While not necessarily a sign that your brake fluid is low, you should also have the brake system completely emptied anytime you replace your brakes.
Did your vehicle exemplify any of these signs: vehicle's warning light, a difficult time stopping, low/discolored brake fluid, and if your car has recently had a brake replacement. If your car has any of these symptoms of low brake fluid, bring it into Stang Auto Tech today to have it checked out!