What Color is Brake Fluid?

Have you ever asked yourself, what color is brake fluid? It might not seem like something important when you’re focused on your commute to Kansas City or running errands in Shawnee Mission. However, knowing the proper color for brake fluid can help you preserve the life of your brakes and keep you safe. Learn more about the color of brake fluid, how to check your brake fluid, and more with the Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission service department.

What Does Brake Fluid Look Like?

New brake fluid should be clear with a yellow tint to it. When you know what color your brake fluid is supposed to be, you’re less likely to drive with old, dirty fluid that can damage your brake system. What does brake fluid look like? If it’s dark or has small particles in it, you’re due to change your brake fluid. Schedule an appointment with Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission for timely service done right!

How to Check Brake Fluid

Now that you know the answer to “What does brake fluid look like?”, it’s time to learn how to check your brake fluid. It’s an important task that is fairly easy to take on in your own Overland Park garage:

  1. Check your owner’s manual to find the exact location of the brake fluid reservoir.
  2. See what kind of brake fluid you need. It will be printed on top of the brake fluid reservoir. Only use the brake fluid printed on the reservoir.
  3. On the outside of the clear reservoir, there are “minimum” and “maximum” lines. Make sure the brake fluid is above the minimum line and is the appropriate color. If it’s nearly at the “minimum” line or discolored, add more.
  4. Fill the reservoir just to the “maximum” line.

Why Do I Need Brake Fluid?

What exactly does brake fluid do? Brake fluid lubricates your braking system and cuts down on wear and tear caused by friction. Driving with low brake fluid can corrode your braking system. Here are some signs that you need to check your brake fluid:

  • Low Brake Fluid Warning
  • Brake Light on
  • ABS Light stays on or blinks
  • The brake pedal is soft or can be pressed all the way down without resistance.

Learn How to Maintain Your Chevy With Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission!

Now that you know what color brake fluid is, and what brake fluid should look like, you can learn more service tips and tricks from Hendrick Chevrolet Shawnee Mission. We’re here to help you learn about essential maintenance and more, so you can keep your Chevrolet in great shape for many years and miles to come! With any questions you would like to speak directly to a specialist about, we welcome you to call us at (913) 305-3320 or fill out an online contact form to get started.

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