What is Brake Fluid?

Your vehicle needs many fluids to continue its everyday performance. One of those fluids includes your brake fluid, which is vital to the function of your braking system. Most manufacturers have a specific interval or timeframe of when you should top off that brake solution. However, you should do your best to monitor the fluid level and its condition regularly. 

 

Brake fluid is a liquid that carries the pressure of your foot on the brake pedal down to the brake pads. While this solution is in a bound system, the lines that move the fluid from your tank to your brakes can become worn or damaged. Over time, they can also sometimes allow water, dust, or dirt to corrupt the fluid. As a result of the dirty fluid, it can make the whole braking process less effective. Regardless of whether your fluid is contaminated or not, brake fluid naturally breaks down over time. Drivers need to be more attentive to how their brakes perform, as old brakes can leave you at a higher risk of getting injured.

 

Signs Your Brake Fluid Needs to be Replaced

ABS Light Comes On

One of the most obvious signs that you are low on brake fluid is if the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) light comes on your dashboard. 

 

Weird Feeling on the Pedal

Another way to tell whether you require brake fluid is if your brake pedal has a slow response time. If your pedal feels firmer than usual, the fluid could be contaminated. If your pedal feels spongy when you press the pedal down, this can mean that there is air in the brake lines.

 

Strange Noises When Braking

Your brakes may produce a loud, screeching noise when you are low on fluid. If you experience this symptom, it is critical to have your brakes checked as soon as possible. 

 

A Burning Scent

If you catch a whiff of burnt smoke after using your brakes, this may mean that your brakes are overheating. In this situation, you should pull over immediately to allow the brakes to cool off. If you continue to drive, the overheated solution can lead to catastrophic brake failure. 

 

If you require brake repair on your Mercedes-Benz, we invite you to Jeff's Mercedes Auto Service. Give us a call or visit our shop in Los Angeles, CA, today.