Many drivers take their vehicle’s brakes for granted, not worrying about getting them checked until something goes wrong with them. Your brakes are not something that should be considered an afterthought, as they are one of the most important components to making sure you are able to come to a stop when needed.
If you take your vehicle to the body shop and your mechanic mentions getting your brake system flushed, you may not know what it means. You may even be tempted to skip out on this important step, in an effort to save some money.
Don’t skip on this important procedure, as it is integral to preserving and prolonging the life of your brakes. Let’s expand on this concept a little bit so you can better understand it.
Brake Flushing: What is It?
A brake system flush, at its core, is where your mechanic drains all of the current brake fluid from your brake system, and putting fresh, new brake fluid in the system when the process is complete.
What could cause your brakes to need flushing? Several things, in fact:
· Impurities finding their way into your brake fluid. Things like rubber from your master cylinder valves, cylinders, and more can flake into your brake fluid as they become worn with use and begin to deteriorate.
· Moisture can find its way into your system. Moisture from the environment can also find its way its your brake fluid, which can cause rust, leading to more impurities in your brake fluid.
· The brake fluid itself can get old. The longer the same brake fluid sits in your system, the more worn it can become. This can add up to your brakes not performing as well, which will reduce your brakes’ stopping power, compromising your car’s safety.
When should you get your brakes flushed, then? A decent rule to follow is to try to flush your brake system after every 30,000 miles. This will help your brake system stay fresh and clean, ensuring your brakes operate at full capacity so that they will be able to stop when needed, keeping you and your precious cargo safe.