The recommended interval for changing the brake fluid varies from manufacturer to manufacturer but varies entirely from every two years to none. Wait, never? Never really.
For example, Chevrolet requires brake fluid replacement every 45,000 miles on most models, but Honda says it should be replaced every three years regardless of the vehicle’s mileage. Mercedes-Benz cars generally require new fluid every two years or every 20,000 miles, although most Volkswagens recommend a three-year interval. By contrast, Ford Escape, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Camry, and other models from these manufacturers do not have recommendations for changing the brake fluid, only instructions for regular inspection.
This leaves the owner to refer to what the manufacturer says in his car’s maintenance schedule and rely on the advice of a reputable repair shop.
Brake fluid resides in a sealed system and can survive for years, but moisture from the surrounding air can enter through hoses and other parts of the brake system. If the brake fluid becomes dirty or contaminated, it can change the behavior of the brake system. The feel of the brake pedal can be affected and heat dissipation during repeated stops can also be affected. Water in the brake line lowers the boiling point of the fluid, so increased heat in the system can reduce the ability to stop from sudden stops. Also, over time, moisture can cause internal corrosion of brake lines, calipers, master cylinders, and other components.
Cleaning and replacing brake fluid can cost up to $ 100 on many vehicles, but replacing rusty brake lines, brake calipers, and other brake components can cost hundreds of dollars. It is worth keeping up with maintenance. As a rule, it is recommended to inspect and test the water content of the brake fluid every few years. If you live in a humid area, check it every 5 years. Drivers who live in areas with good winter weather should also check their brake system frequently, as salt and other contaminants can get into brake fluid.
You may be able to tell when the change should be made by checking to see if the fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, which is usually above the master cylinder under the vehicle’s hood, is still fresh. Brake fluid is usually light brown in color and is clear in some vehicles (at least when new), but it darkens over time and turns cloudy due to water contamination. A better way is to ask a specialist to test your humidity and see what they recommend. In many cases, this service can be performed at the same location as a quick oil change. The technician is already rummaging under the hood, making it easy to take a sample and inspect all the fluid in the vehicle.
Brake fluid is as important as engine oil keeping the vehicle moving, but it has not received much attention.
This carelessness causes serious fatal accidents. Drivers should be aware of these things. These non important things in future cause fatal accidents and serious injuries.