How to Check Brake Fluid

Mechanic checking brake fluid


Your braking system is a key component of your vehicle’s safety, so it’s important to keep an eye on your brakes – even when everything feels completely normal. Many Elk River and Rogers drivers ask for tips when learning how to check brake fluid, but luckily, basic maintenance is quick and easy. Find out the basics of your braking system, from getting questions like “what color is brake fluid?” answered to learning how to check your fluid levels, and visit Cornerstone Chevrolet for expert guidance.


What is Brake Fluid?

Your brake system consists of many moving parts, and brake fluid helps them all run smoothly. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that performs a variety of functions: it prevents corrosion, it helps lubricate the braking system, and it helps your brake pedal move freely. So when your brake fluid levels are low, you might notice a decrease in braking power during those Anoka commutes.

What Color is Brake Fluid?

So, what color is brake fluid and what should you expect when you look under the hood? New brake fluid is clear with a yellow tint to it. As it ages, it gets darker as it mixes with dirt and debris. If your brake fluid looks strange, we recommend talking to our service department for advice on what to do next!

Steps to Check Brake Fluid

  1. Look for your brake fluid reservoir. It should be on the master cylinder under the hood. Can’t find your reservoir? Check your owner’s manual.
  2. Find the minimum and maximum marker lines. See where your brake fluid levels fall. If it’s closer to the minimum, it’s time to think about scheduling your service.
  3. Check the color of the brake fluid. Is it colorless and thin or dark and thick? If it’s a strange color or texture, you might need a fluid flush.

Schedule Your Service at Cornerstone Chevrolet

Cornerstone Chevrolet is happy to help you learn how to check brake fluid levels at home, but we can also perform an inspection and fluid check at our state-of-the-art facilities. Need more information about our services? Feel free to contact us if you’re in the Ramsey or Coon Rapids area!

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