What Color is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid reservoir

As a responsible Oakhurst car owner, you know the importance of keeping your vehicle up to date with its maintenance in order to keep it running in optimal condition. Some maintenance tasks, like changing the oil or checking tire tread, are more commonly known than others, and our service technicians are always looking to further educate our customers. For example, did you know that checking your brake fluid is also a vital part of car upkeep?

What color is brake fluid? What does brake fluid look like? This guide from Ray Catena Lexus of Monmouth will help you learn more about what the different colors of brake fluid mean.

What Does Brake Fluid Look Like?

What color is brake fluid, or more importantly, what color is healthy brake fluid? Healthy brake fluid should be nearly clear with a yellow tint, which should be pretty close to the color it was in the bottle before you initially poured it into your car’s reservoir. When you take a look under the hood to check brake fluid color, use that time to check the brake fluid level and look for any brake fluid leaks.

Why is Brake Fluid Important?

Brake fluid is an essential component to keeping your vehicle’s brakes in working condition. Brake fluid circulates through your brake lines to lubricate parts and prevent corrosion. Also, brake fluid sends the force from your brake pedals into the wheel hub to stop your car. As this happens again and again, this process wears on the brake fluid, diminishing its effectiveness. Consequently, the brake fluid darkens as time passes, indicating deterioration; this is how you would know it needs to be changed. Maintaining healthy brake fluid is of the utmost importance to not only your vehicle’s performance, but also your safety!

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