Brake Fluid Change: Everything You Need To Know

Welcome to your automotive haven with Mercury Cars, where we delve into the intricacies of maintaining your vehicle for optimal performance and safety. In today’s feature, we’re hitting the brakes—literally!

Join us as we explore the often-overlooked yet crucial aspect of car maintenance: brake fluid change. In our quest to keep you informed and your ride in top-notch condition, we’ll discuss the signs that indicate it’s time for a brake fluid change, and guide you through the process, empowering you to ensure your vehicle’s stopping power remains as reliable as the day you first drove it home.

So, buckle up as we navigate the world of brake fluid changes and embark on a journey towards a safer and smoother driving experience.

What is a Brake Fluid Flush?

A brake fluid flush is a vehicle maintenance procedure that involves removing the old brake fluid from the hydraulic brake system and replacing it with fresh, clean fluid.

Over time, brake fluid can accumulate moisture, debris, and contaminants, which can compromise its effectiveness and the overall performance of the braking system.

During a brake fluid flush, our expert technicians typically use specialised equipment to extract the old fluid from the master cylinder and brake lines, replacing it with new, clean fluid. This process helps ensure that the brake system functions optimally, maintaining proper hydraulic pressure and preventing issues such as brake fade, corrosion, and reduced braking efficiency.

Our specialist equipment provides continuous pressure to flush through the whole system,
ensuring all the old fluid is removed and replaced by new. There is a clear visual difference
between old and new fluid so we can monitor the progress of the service.

Regular brake fluid flushes are essential for preserving the safety and reliability of your vehicle’s braking system. The frequency of this maintenance task varies based on the manufacturer’s recommendations, driving conditions, and the type of brake fluid used.

How Often To Change Brake Fluid?

Most vehicle manufacturers suggest changing your brake fluid every two years, or every 24,000 miles (whichever comes sooner) and we highly recommend sticking to this schedule as a matter of safety.

Your braking system is the most important system in your car to keep on top of. It impacts the safety of both you and others inside your vehicle and using the UK roads. Keeping your vehicle’s braking system highly maintained is essential.

How Do I Know If My Brake Fluid Needs Changing?

If you are unsure of your vehicle’s service history and are unsure when the last time the brake fluid was replaced then we would recommend having this done as a precautionary measure. 

After this initial brake oil change, you can then follow our advice on having your brake fluid changed every 2 years or every 24 thousand miles, whichever comes first.

If you have lost track of time since your last brake fluid change, then there are some signs that your vehicle will show when it is ready for a brake flush. 

Signs My Vehicle Needs A Brake Fluid Flush

  • The ABS warning light is lit on the dashboard
  • Brake pedals are not responsive
  • Brake pads are vibrating 
  • Noisy brakes
  • Vehicle pulls to the side when brakes are engaged
  • Brake fluid is a different colour (dirty, rusty)

How Long Does A Brake Fluid Change Take?

Our expert mechanics will be able to carry out your brake fluid change within 30-60 minutes, should no other issues crop up.

Brake Fluid Change: Mercury Cars, Essex

If you’re looking for a complete renewal of your brake fluid as well as a thorough cleaning of your hydraulic braking system, then you can trust us at Mercury Cars to get the job done right.

We are trusted and certified car specialists in Essex and have over 30 years of experience in servicing all types of vehicle makes and models. We have a collection and delivery option available so that your daily plans won’t be inconvenienced whilst we service/repair your vehicle.

Book your brake fluid change today.