At Findlay Buick GMC, we operate a world-class service department staffed with certified technicians that know Buick and GMC models professionally. We know how vital it is to stay on top of brake system maintenance including the always-important brake fluid exchange service. On your next trip to Prescott from Chino Valley, Paulden, or Dewey-Humboldt, why not stop in Findlay Buick GMC in Prescott and get your much-needed brake fluid exchange service? While you wait for swift service completion, we invite you to relax in our comfortable waiting area while the kids enjoy our children’s play area and enjoy a complimentary beverage and coffee bar while we do the work.
What does Brake Fluid do?
Brake fluid is used to supply stopping power to your brake pads. The hydraulic system applies pressure to the fluid in the lines, and that pressure ultimately reaches the pads and stops the vehicle. Considering the fluid is essential to operate the brakes, you can see why servicing the fluid is important.
BENEFITS OF EXCHANGING DEFECTIVE BRAKE FLUID
A brake fluid exchange service provides two benefits. First, it enables a certified technician to inspect the brake system and ensure everything is working properly. Second, it trades old, contaminated fluid for fresh, new fluid. This keeps the brake lines healthy and everything functioning the way it should.
Brake Fluid Absorbs Water That Contaminates It
In particular, brakes are subject to moisture contamination. You might not think that a little water in the brake fluid could be so terrible, but the long-term implications are severe. When enough moisture penetrates the brake lines, a few bad things happen. For starters, the boiling point of the brake fluid decreases, and water will boil within the brake lines. This makes the brake fluid a poor hydraulic as the water vapor can compress under pressure.
Contaminated Brake Fluid Invites Damages
The moisture can corrupt other parts of the brake system after the brake fluid goes. It can corrode the lines, calipers, and will ultimately reduce stopping power and safety. If you push the brake pedal and it feels spongy or needs to be pushed closer to the floorboard to stop, it is time for a brake system inspection to get to the bottom of the problem.
WHAT IS THE BRAKE FLUID EXCHANGE INTERVAL?
Depending on the manufacturer, brake fluid should be exchanged with regularity. Some suggest every 2 years or 20,000 miles. For some, the interval is much longer and is due after a failed inspection. We recommend referencing the owner’s booklet to know what your model requires and to follow that recommendation diligently for comfortable driving, peace of mind, and ideal safety.