Winter Is Here: Beware of Moisture in Your Brake Fluid

By: Goodyear Brakes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Feb. 9, 2022 - PRLog -- Did you know winter weather can wreak havoc on your brakes if you have moisture in your brake fluid? The automotive experts at FDP Virginia Inc., which develops and sells new Goodyear Brakes, offer some tips for assessing the health of your vehicle's braking system. Goodyear Brakes provides premium quality brake kits, calipers, rotors, brake pads and all the hardware for today's most popular vehicles, all backed by a national warranty, decades of production experience and one of the best-known names in automotive excellence.

Moisture in brake fluid lowers the boiling point and can cause corrosion in the braking system. Repairs can get expensive if bad fluid corrodes calipers, brake lines and parts in anti-lock brake system (ABS) controllers. A lower boiling point reduces brake performance in severe braking conditions, such as driving down a mountain road. Although you've downshifted into a lower gear, you find you still have to apply a heavy foot to the brake pedal to keep your speed controlled, which heats the brakes and fluid, causing it to boil and form vapor pockets. That causes a low, spongy pedal and less braking force, which results in increased stopping distances, or in extreme cases, a complete loss of braking until the fluid cools.

How do you know when it's time to change it? Your owner's manual may have a manufacturer's recommended service interval. If it doesn't, or if it's been a few years and the fluid no longer is a clean amber color like vegetable oil, it's due for a change.

So how do you get the old fluid out and add new fluid? You could pay a shop up to $100 to do it for you. But for most do-it-yourselfers, it's a straight-forward operation, especially if the master cylinder is carefully monitored to ensure it never runs out of fluid.

This operation is commonly called a "flush," with a goal of removing as much of the old fluid as possible and replacing it with new. You can save time if you do this when you're replacing your brakes, as you'll already have the vehicle on jack stands and the wheels off.

Learn how you can change your brake fluid and install new Goodyear Brakes at

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Deborah Robinson
Source:Goodyear Brakes
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