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Brake Fluid Flush- Why It is Important

Date: 02/09/2020

Brake Fluid Flush

A happy driver is a safe driver! Our vehicle's braking system helps keep our family safe on the road. There are times when we need to stop suddenly and maintaining a healthy braking system gives us piece of mind knowing the vehicle will perform the way it should. Many vehicle owners are very familiar with changing their brake pads & rotors or drums and shoes but often don't think about their brake fluid. The main purpose of brake fluid is to transfer the movement of the brake pedal through the brake system to the wheels, thus stopping the vehicle.

Why Does Brake Fluid Need to be Flushed

At Spencer Auto Repair technicians test for two major things when inspecting brake fluid: moisture and copper content. Brake Fluid is hygroscopic which means overtime, brake fluid absorbs moisture, and other contaminates. Too much moisture in the braking system can lower the fluids boiling temperature which could lead to air bubbles in the system. Air bubbles can sometimes lead to a spongy brake peddle. Any time there is significant change in the brake fluid, such as added moisutre or air, it can cause a significant change in the systems performance. 

In addition to moisture, technicians test for is copper content. Brake Fluid contains brake additive packs that typically contain: anti-rust additives, acid neutralizing additives, anticorrsion inhibitors, and stabilizers. These additives are vital to keep the brake system working at its best! A warning sign that these vital additives are being depleted is an increase in copper content in the fluid. In addition to time and normal driving some common things that can accelerate the breakdown of these packs are, stop and go traffic, thermal shock caused by temperature extremes of a vehicle's brakes under different driving conditions, and hauling heavy loads. When these additives brake down it can cause internal brake components to corrode and even for sludge to build up. This can have a negative impact on the braking system. Flushing the system helps control the moisture build up and adds new additives to the system. 

Overtime, Regular Brake Flushes can Save you Money

Contaminated brake fluid is not only a safety concern but it can also lead to premature wear of expensive parts. Brake fluid acts as a lubricant and anti-corrosion fluid for major components in the system. When that fluid becomes contaminated or the additive packs become depleted corrosion can start to occur in major components such as the calipers & brake master cylinder. 

Flushing your vehicle's braking system is so important but it is often an overlooked service. To keep your family safe and to help prevent the depletion of major braking parts consider getting your brake system flushed. At Spencer Auto Repair we test brake fluid with every general inspection to make sure our customers are safe on the road. If you are wondering if it may be time for you to get your brakes flushed give us a call today at one of our 5 East Valley locations: Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, San Tan Valley, & Florence. Our ASE and factory certified technicians are ready to help! 

Now is a great time to get your brake system flushed. Now through February 29th 2020 Spencer Auto Repair is offering $20.00 Off Each Fluid Flush.

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