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Vehicle Maintenance: The Brake Fluid Flush

The brake fluid flush is one of the most frequently overlooked vehicle maintenance services. Many motorists simply do not realize that it is an item that should be on their maintenance list, while others seem skeptical when it is a recommended service. Let's take a minute to go over why the brake fluid flush is vital to the lifespan of your vehicle.
 
The primary reason that brake fluid must be flushed at regular intervals is that is it a hygroscopic fluid. This means that it absorbs and maintains fluid. This may seem odd at first, but take into account that many brake system components are made of metal. Moisture is the enemy! By absorbing and retaining moisture that gets into the system, brake fluid helps to prevent moisture relate corrosion.
 
Even the highest quality brake fluid can only retain so much fluid before it must be flushed and replaced with new fluid. A good general interval is every 1-2 years, but check with the manufacturer's recommendations for your vehicle.
 
A simple color test can also be used to determine if your brake fluid is in need of a flush. New brake fluid is clear with a slight yellow hue, but brake fluid that has served a useful will be deep amber in color. If the fluid is amber, take it to your local Auto-Lab for a brake fluid flush.

Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

More and more people are keeping their vehicles longer as the average age of a car on the road today is more than 11 years. Considering the cost of a new car is about $31,000 on average, deciding to keep your car rather than buying a new one makes...

Winter Maintenance Check

Heavy snow can be fun for some, but many drivers dread treacherous winter driving conditions. Being car care aware will help ensure your vehicle is ready for harsh winter weather encountered on the road, says the non-profit Car Care...

Tire Safety: Check Your Tires for Wear and Tear

It only takes a penny to see if your tires are worn or losing tread. Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, are essential to ensuring your vehicle’s safety on the road and helping to improve...

Be Car Care Aware Before Your Holiday Road Trip

The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about your vehicle making it over the river and through the woods in time for dinner at grandma’s house. The Car Care Council recommends that before hitting the road for the holidays,...

Driving in Winter Wonderland Takes Preparation

After two of the worst winters ever in many parts of the country, the Car Care Council suggests that motorists take a little extra time now to make sure their vehicles are prepared for the unexpected when weather arrives. “The last two...

Are You a Severe Driver?

Things change, including the way we use our cars, how we drive them and the condition of our roads. Although normal driving is defined as steady driving in non-extreme weather or environments, for most motorists today, being a severe driver is more...

Getting Kids Involved With Car Care

New drivers love their cars, but they typically don’t realize what it takes to maintain them. The Car Care Council recommends having fun teaching children about the importance of car care long before they can drive so they know how routine...

Is Your Car Pet Ready?

The non-profit Car Care Council suggests the following tips for drivers planning a road trip with the family pet so that all passengers can remain comfortable in the close quarters of a vehicle interior. “Before you and your pet hit the...

A/C Service: Keep Your Car Cool When Things Heat Up

Sitting in traffic when temperatures soar without a properly functioning air conditioning (A/C) system is the last place most drivers want to be. To help avoid this uncomfortable situation, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists...

What To Do When Your Vehicle Breaks Down

How you fare when your vehicle fails is often a matter of how you respond. The decisions you make are important and can have positive or negative consequences. Fortunately, most problems are preventable. Prevention and preparedness are...

Fuel Saving Tips for Summer Driving

Want to save fuel on those long summer highway drives? Close the windows and turn the AC on. That's just one of the useful -- and frequently surprising -- tips available from fueleconomy.gov, the go-to web site for information on fuel...

Pre-Trip Vehicle Check Before Hitting the Road

If you are hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend, you will have lots of company. With millions of Americans taking road trips, the last thing you need is car trouble. A simple pre-trip vehicle inspection helps ensure a safe and stress-free...

Five Costly Mistakes Of Car Ownership

Cars are expensive and complex machines that need to be maintained properly so that they don't break down prematurely. If a modern car is treated with care, it can last for over 200,000 miles without needing major costly repairs. However,...

Four Easy Ways to Go Green with Your Car

Looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with your car? Motorists can help protect the environment by following four simple steps from the non-profit Car Care Council. Follow a vehicle service schedule including steps like...

Spring Car Care Tips

Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. That first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of grit and road salt) is literally washed away. Take out the snow shovel, the gloves, and...

Spring Break Car Care Tips

Each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property...
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