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Brake Fluid

Brake fluid links the braking system components through the brake lines to connect the master cylinder to the calipers (disc brakes) and the wheel cylinders (drum brakes). Brake fluid must be clear of contaminates to flow freely at high and low temperatures. Brake fluid fights corrosion, lubricates parts, and protects metal, plastic, and rubber components. Old brake fluid can cause brake components to deteriorate and create a hazardous driving condition. It is important to perform recommended brake fluid changes. The most common type of brake fluid is DOT 3, but always refer to the vehicle’s manual. A dash light may indicate when brake fluid is low.