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Drivers know their vehicle’s brakes are the most important components of their vehicle. This is why you want to make sure that they’re always working correctly and not too worn down. Regularly checking the brake fluid helps keep them functioning properly and keeps you safe on the Cincinnati road. Get more service faqs and tips from the Mercedes-Benz service experts at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester.
Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that helps with your brake pedal’s movement. It will also lubricate the braking system to keep it from corroding. In most vehicles, brake fluid is glycol-ether based, but there are also silicone-based (DOT-5) and mineral oil-based (LHM) fluids available. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to know which type your car uses.
Wondering if brake fluid needs to be changed? Yes, it does! And for the following reasons:
You’ll want to regularly check the brake fluid to avoid a situation where your brakes fail to stop due to the damage.
Brake fluid that’s new is almost clear with a slight yellow tint to it. This changes over time as you’re using the braking system. If the fluid becomes dark, it’s because it picks up debris and dirt, which affects the vehicle’s performance.
The brake fluid should be checked during every oil change – or at least once a year. Brake fluid can last about four to five years but will vary depending on the car you have, your driving habits, and your driving condition. Visit our West Chester service center for routine scheduled maintenance, and our factory-trained and certified technicians can inspect and change your brake fluid.
Whether you need a brake inspection, new brake fluid, or a routine oil change, our service team has you covered at Mercedes-Benz of West Chester. Take advantage of our service specials, and schedule your service appointment online right at home. Don’t hesitate to contact our service department if you have any questions.