What Color is Brake Fluid?

Most Munster drivers are aware of the fact that their vehicle needs brake fluid to function properly and safely. However, many are not familiar with its appearance or what it exactly does. What does brake fluid look like?

A common question we hear at the Webb Ford service center is, “What color is brake fluid?” Initially, your brake fluid should be a clear liquid with a slight yellow tint. Over time, the color and viscosity will change dramatically. This means it’s time to bring your vehicle in for service. Learn all about the purpose of brake fluid and how to check it in the guide below. 

Why is Brake Fluid Necessary?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that keeps your car’s braking system operating smoothly. Brake fluid assists with the movement of the pedal as well as lubricates the entire system to help prevent corrosion. When there is not enough brake fluid or the fluid becomes too contaminated over time, your car’s performance suffers and it could become a safety risk. That is why it is so important to keep an eye on your brake fluid between service appointments.

How to Check Brake Fluid

The team at Webb Ford would be more than happy to check your brake fluid for you, but this is also a task you can perform right in your Schererville driveway. It’s as easy as checking your oil! We’ve now answered the questions, “What color is brake fluid, and what does brake fluid look like?” You now know what to look for when checking brake fluid at home. Here’s how:
  1. Pop open the hood and look for the master cylinder to find your brake fluid reservoir. If you are not sure of its location, you can consult your owner’s manual. 
  2. Look at the minimum and maximum lines on the fluid reservoir. If the fluid falls between those lines, you have enough. If the level falls below the minimum line, you will need to add more.
  3. What color is the brake fluid? Check the appearance. If it’s dark or oily, it’s time for a brake fluid flush and brake fluid replacement. 

Keep Your Brakes in Top Condition with Webb Ford

Your brakes are a critical part of your vehicle, so keeping the entire system working properly is a must for safe driving on Griffith roads. The team at Webb Ford is here for all of your brake maintenance needs. Set up an appointment with us or contact us with any questions you may have.