Brake Fluid: Fact and Friction

We all understand the need for brakes on our vehicles.  Brakes, by definition, are a device for slowing or stopping a vehicle by the transfer of energy, usually by means of friction.  Visualize Fred Flintstone putting his heels down and stopping his car.  There was nothing between Fred and the road!  Today’s vehicles have several layers between your feet and the road, but just wonder what it would feel like dragging your feet beneath the moving car, trying to reach the roadway but not quite getting there.

That’s why brake fluid is so important.  It provides that vital link between the pressure you are applying with your feet (via the brake pedal) and the brakes themselves – that’s the friction.   Without it, there’s no way for this pressure to make it to the brakes.

Do you feel that your brakes are not as responsive as they once were? If you suspect your brakes are starting to fail, please make an appointment at Evans Automotive Service Center by calling us at 850.455.7374.  If it seems your brake fluid is dropping consistently, you may have a leak.  A leak could result in a loss of hydraulic pressure and consequently cause a significant loss in braking ability.  We are fortunate that modern cars have redundant hydraulic circuits to ensure against total hydraulic failure.   Our trained technicians will check out your brakes and suggest the best solution based on the facts.

Here’s an important fact: Brake fluid is toxic and combustible, so trust the service technicians at Evans Automotive Service Center to properly handle the disposal of your old fluid and use the correct replacement fluid.

By trusting our service department at Evans Automotive Service Center, you can ask our team to check the brake fluid level at every oil change and replacing it as recommended by your car manufacturer – usually every 1-2 years.   If you are a new or returning customer to our Pensacola auto repair shop, rest assured that we keep complete records of what we’ve done and when, including this all-important brake fluid, so that we can make recommendations to keep your vehicle safe on the roads in Florida.

To schedule your next brake service, inspection, or vehicle maintenance, request an appointment online.