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How to check your brake fluid

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 24.10.2010

How to Check Your Brake Fluid

The longevity of a vehicle has a lot to do with how the vehicle is maintained by the owner. There are many basic car care requirements that should be performed on a regular basis. Checking your brake fluid is one of these basic tasks that tend to get overlooked. It’s a good idea to schedule it into your list of maintenance like oil changes and transmission checks. Checking the brake fluid is pretty easy. It just requires a few minutes of your time and a little patience.

Almost all basic car maintenance should be started with a cool engine so let it sit a while after you turn the car off. Safety is important and should always come first no matter what job you are doing. When you start out right, you are ensuring success with little chance of mishap.

In order to check your brake fluid you will need to look under the hood towards the back of the engine. It is usually on the driver’s side so check there first. If you know what you are looking for then finding it should be no problem. It doesn’t hurt to ask for help though so feel free to get a friend or family member to assist you.

You need to locate the master brake cylinder where the brake fluid is held. It is a small piece of metal that is usually rectangular in shape. It is basically a plastic reservoir and there will be a rubber cap on top of it. It should be pretty easy to identify. If you’re not quite sure if you have found it, double check by using photos in the owner’s manual that comes with your vehicle.

On most new vehicles the reservoir is easily see through so that you can see the fluid level without having to open the cap. If it’s not see through then you will have to take the cap off to look inside. The line will indicate if the fluid is too low or not. You can decide if you want to top it up yourself or take it to a professional.

It’s not all that difficult to refill the brake fluid to the full line but some people are not comfortable with that. If you wish, ask your mechanic to show you how to do it so you know for certain that you’re doing it right. Most mechanics will be happy to show you something like this for your own peace of mind. It never hurts to ask if you are unsure about something. It certainly is better to be safe than sorry.

Always read your vehicle’s manual to determine the appropriate type of brake fluid for your car. You must use the one specified or you could put your car in an unnecessarily compromising position. Follow all instructions regarding your car’s well being and maintenance. It is essential to the proper running condition of your car as well as your own personal safety. Where safety is concerned, there is never room for neglect.

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