Do I Really Need To Change My Brake Fluid?

imagesCA1UNEZIIf you are like most drivers, you don’t think much about your brakes until something goes wrong or they stop working. But when it comes to something as important as your brakes, you need to pay attention and keep them maintained. Replace the pads and resurface the rotors as needed and when your mechanic recommends that you get your brake system flushed, do it.

Your braking system may not require as much maintenance as other areas of your car but it does wear over time. Parts, like the rubber in the valves in the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders, deteriorate. As these parts deteriorate, bits flake off and end up in your brake fluid and the fluid itself can get old and worn out. Moisture can also get in the system. This leads to rust, which leads to more debris in your brake fluid. All this adds up to a brake system with compromised effectiveness and decreased stopping power.

Just like you wouldn’t skip changing your engine oil you shouldn’t neglect your brake fluid. Leaving either dirty puts your entire engine at risk. It may not seem like a big deal when you’re standing at the service desk and the mechanic asks if you want him to flush your brakes, but when you’re careening down a slick mountain road, you’ll understand why it’s an important part of vehicle maintenance.

At Bimmex we recommend you get a brake fluid flush every 1-2 years or at the very least every 48,000 kilometers. Note that brake flushing and bleeding the brakes are two different procedures. Brake flushing involves removing all the brake fluid from the system and putting new, clean fluid inside. Brake bleeding just means removing enough brake fluid to get air bubbles out of the brake lines. Getting your brakes flushed regularly is the key.

If you notice any issues with your brakes – squealing, grinding, decreased stopping power, etc., call us right away. We will diagnose and service the problem so you and your BMW can get safely back on the road.

2013-11-14T18:22:28+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Engine Advice|

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