Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. They also happen to be some of the most complicated parts as well. That’s because a variety of parts make up the entire brake system, and without keeping up with servicing and maintenance, your brakes can start to act up. Ignoring issues or concerns with your brakes can end up meaning a ton of costs and repairs you don’t want to deal with. A great way to avoid many issues is to keep up with maintaining your brake fluid. What happens if your brake fluid is low? Let’s explore why it’s worth checking every now and then.
Signs that Brake Fluid is Low
The most common way people find out that they need brake fluid is from a change in braking pressure. As you depress the brake pedal, you might notice it takes more pressure to stop. This is likely the result of low fluid. Whether or not this change in pressure is the cause of low fluid or a leak is going to take some inspection. You can check for leaks yourself, but if you’re unaware of what you’re looking for, it’s best to bring your car into a professional.
What Happens When Brake Fluid is Low
Two things are the most immediate result of low brake fluid. The first involves your brake pads. Brake pads wear thin faster without proper fluids. As this occurs, you’ll also have your caliper piston gradually shift out of place. This can lead to much more expensive and difficult repairs. Thinning brake pads also mean more contact with the rotors, leading to wear all around the brake system.
Low brake fluid can also lead to a leak. The extra stress on the calipers and brake pads can cause cracking that leads to leaks. If this happens, even filling up won’t do any good, as you’ll lose fluid over time, even if it occurs gradually. At this point, either of these situations calls for repair and fluid replacement.
For any sort of brake repair or servicing, come see us at Kingdom Auto Repair. Our expert staff is ready to assist you with anything from a gentle check-up to a complicated repair. With years of experience between our knowledgeable staff, we can fill your brake fluid, and make sure everything else in your vehicle is ready to go as you head back on the road.