The vehicle brake system uses fluid to transmit the pressure applied to the brake pedal to each of the brakes at the wheels. Brake fluid is specially formulated to be compatible with the materials that make up the brake system and to withstand the high temperatures associated with stopping a moving vehicle.
All brake fluid is not the same. Brake fluids with a designation of DOT 3 and DOT 4 are used with most automobiles today. If you find that your vehicle needs a small amount of brake fluid, be sure to check with your owner’s manual for the correct type to use, or check with your automotive technician.
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CHECK YOUR BRAKE FLUID
The brake fluid reservoir is usually located inside the engine compartment, directly in front of the steering wheel area for vehicles with the engine located in the front. Most fluid reservoirs today are made with a see-through plastic that allows you to see the level of fluid without removing the reservoir cover. If the reservoir cover must be removed, either to check the fluid level or to add a small amount, be sure to clean the area before removing the reservoir cap to prevent dirt contamination. Also, be sure to open the reservoir only as long as it takes to check or add fluid and then close it again. Brake fluid absorbs moisture and can become contaminated if left exposed to the atmosphere for long periods. Finally, to keep your brake system in optimal condition, it is a good idea to change your brake fluid every two years.
Check your brake fluid at every oil change (5,000 kilometres).
When coming to a stop, notice how the pedal feels and listen for any noises that don’t sound normal. Try this with the windows open and of course check the brake fluid level.
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