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The Importance of Brake Fluid

Most Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Collingswood area drivers know a thing or two about their brakes. But if brake pads, calipers, and rotors are where the stopping happens, where does brake fluid come in?

Read on to find out about the important role brake fluid plays as a behind-the-scenes function with quite the powerful duty from the service experts at Cherry Hill Nissan.

Brake Fluid and Brake Safety

Brake fluid is a key component to your braking system’s ability to bring your vehicle to a stop. It’s the reason why a tap on your brakes translates the force you apply to the pedal all the way to the wheels in an instant.

Ever drive with brakes that felt spongy or soft under foot? Chances are the brake fluid was low. Driving without brake fluid causes a malfunction of the system, which, as you can imagine, is an extreme safety hazard.

Brake fluid is also important to keep the various parts in the braking system functional. Much in the way that motor oil lubricates inner engine components and keeps the engine environment moving with ease, brake fluid prevents dangerous corrosion within the braking system.

Brake Fluid Disappearing Acts

The importance of brake fluidSince brake fluid lives in an enclosed system, significantly drained fluid levels are often a red flag for an issue. Though forceful or prolonged braking can cause brake fluid to evaporate due to the heat that’s produced, if you routinely replace your brake pads and rotors as needed, brake fluid should stay fairly stable and require topping off infrequently. Check brake fluid levels each time you replace these braking system components.

During checks, always make sure that your car is cooled down and you’re parked on a level surface. Once under the hood, find the brake fluid reservoir, which is a white plastic container with a screw top. On the sides of the reservoir you’ll see full and low markings; note where the liquid is filled up to and add fluid as needed.

Brake fluid could also escape if a hose in the braking system springs a leak. In the case of a brake fluid leak, there are several indications that will clue you in. Your vehicle requiring more time and distance to stop is one signal. An illuminated dashboard brake light or an oily puddle under your car are additional giveaways that a brake system hose needs patching.

Brake Fluid Maintenance with Cherry Hill Nissan

Driving a car with dwindling brake fluid compromises the safety of you, your passengers on board, and other drivers on the road. If your vehicle’s brakes are low on this essential liquid due to a leak or system issue, contact Cherry Hill Nissan to schedule a service appointment as soon as you can.

From routine inspections to brake pad and rotor replacements and installing new lines and essential system parts, we provide total brake care for our local drivers in Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel, and Collingswood.

Call us today to help troubleshoot your Nissan auto issue. Sign up online for an appointment or stop by our express service center on Route 38 in Cherry Hill and receive a free multi-point inspection. We hope to see you soon to help you return to safe and happy travels.