Understanding Brake Fluid Related to Vehicle Maintenance

Also known as hydraulic fluid, brake fluid plays a vital role in the proper function of your vehicle. This fluid enables the movement of various components of the braking system so that vehicle stops when the brake pedal is pressed.

This non-compressible substance is either glycol-based or silicone-based and is available in varying grades. In general, glycol-based fluids are used with vehicles equipped with anti-lock brake systems (ABS) while silicone-based fluids are recommended for use in vehicles without this technology.

Because brake fluid will degrade over time, it is important to periodically change out this vehicle component. The typical recommendation is to change the fluid every year or two, however, it is important to check your owner's manual and follow the guidelines that are specific to your vehicle. The automotive maintenance experts at Mercedes-Benz of Santa Fe want you to be an informed driver and invite you to visit us today.

 

 

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