How to Spot a Deadly Brake Fluid Leak

Posted February 23, 2017

If you’ve noticed a little fluid on your garage floor, don’t ignore it! A little leak could mean big problems for your vehicle.

Brake fluid in its optimal state is a good lubricant that protects everything in the brake system. Most vehicles rely on hydraulic brakes, meaning they rely on pressure to stop your vehicle.

When brake fluid leaks from the brake lines, your brake systems loses hydraulic pressure. You may feel a change in the brake pedal itself. The pedal is very hard and resists your foot with too much pressure, or the pedal loses pressure entirely and the pedal falls straight to the floor. A change in the pressure on the brake pedal is a critical warning sign, and you should bring your vehicle into Book’s Automotive Service for a brake inspection as soon as possible.

Leaking brake fluid can be hard to spot, as the fluid is nearly transparent and often looks like water. You may notice a drip underneath your tires.

A certified technician can look for critical warning signs that may not be visible to you at home. Cracking on the brake line, low fluid levels, or dark fluid are signs that the brake fluid has become caustic and needs to be replaced.

Do not ignore a leak! Brake fluid can be especially dangerous, but transmission fluid, motor oil, and coolant leaks can all be hazardous to your safety. If you notice fluid leaking from your vehicle, stop by for a vehicle inspection.

At the first sign of an issue with your brakes, bring your vehicle to Book’s Automotive Service in Fountain for an inspection. Ignoring a problem, especially with a critical component like your vehicle’s brake system, can put your family in serious danger.

Stop by our auto repair shop at 111 N Santa Fe Avenue for an inspection anytime. If you have a brake issue affecting your safety, call us at 719.382.5691 to arrange a tow your vehicle.

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