What is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that runs through the brake lines as you press the brake pedal. It serves as both a lubricant for the brake system and as a means to maintain a constant temperature of the components when braking.

As you press down on the brake pedal, the fluid is pushed through the lines into the brake cylinder, which then compresses a piston. The piston is what forces the brake pad to engage with the disc. The friction of the two parts working together to stop your vehicle produces an extremely high heat. The fluid serves to keep your brakes from overheating and possibly catching fire.

If you notice that your vehicle is low on brake fluid, it can indicate that the pads are worn, and it may be time to have the brakes serviced. The next time you’re in the Comstock area, stop by the service center here at Autosaver Ford. Our experienced technicians will be happy to help keep you safely on the road.

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