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A brake fluid exchange is when you flush the old brake fluid out of your braking system and replace it with brand new brake fluid. Brake fluid can accumulate moisture over time, and that moisture can cause corrosion and rust on the inside of your brake lines. If you allow this corrosion and rust to continue, it can eventually cause severe problems with your brakes. Your brake fluid should be a clear or light brown color; if you look in your brake fluid reservoir and see dark brown, that means it’s time for new brake fluid.
Brake fluid is one of several parts of your braking system, so what makes it so important? Well, the brake fluid is what transfers the pressure you apply to the brake pedal to the actual braking system, causing your brake pads to make contact with your rotors. If you don’t have enough brake fluid or your brake fluid is old, your brakes might not work properly. Even more important, old brake fluid can wear down your braking system quickly, leading to expensive brake services.
As far as changing your brake fluid goes, you’ll hear different things from different mechanics. For starters, you should have a brake inspection done at least once every 10,000 miles. This ensures your braking system components aren’t wearing down too quickly, and it’s a good opportunity to check on your brake fluid. If you’re not taking your car in for regular brake inspections, you should have a Volkswagen brake fluid exchange done at least once every four to five years. Of course, this timeline can vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, and more.
Taking care of your brakes is crucial when it comes to road safety, which is why you need to visit a Volkswagen mechanic on a regular basis for a brake inspection, brake fluid exchange, and any other brake services you might need. At Joe Holland Volkswagen in South Charleston, we make it easy to keep your brakes in great shape. You can bring your Volkswagen in for a brake inspection every 10,000 miles, and we’ll let you know how your brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid are doing. If you need a brake fluid exchange or a new set of pads and rotors, we’ll get you set up with OEM parts that offer top-notch performance. For all your Volkswagen brake service needs, you can count on Joe Holland Volkswagen.
Joe Holland Volkswagen, Maccorkle Avenue Southwest, South Charleston, WV, USA