The importance of brake fluid

Brake fluid is the liquid chemical solution used in the hydraulic braking systems of modern cars. It is designed to amplify your foot's force on your brake pedal and turns it into pressure on your car's brakes.

If you think it's time to get your brake fluid changed but you are unsure if you are in need of a top-up, please book a Free Brake Check at your local Halfords garage. Our technicians will check out your brake fluid and other essential braking components, they will provide a judgement based on what they see and may suggest you are in need of a Brake Fluid Change.

Please note: we do advise you to get your Brake fluid changed every 2 years or 24,000 miles.

If you are certain you are in need of some new brake fluid but unsure which is suitable for your vehicle, please use our handy online look-up tool to find the suitable brake fluid for your vehicle.

Signs of low brake fluid

If your brake pedals are softer than usual, or sink toward the floor without much resistance, you may be low on brake fluid.

Your brake warning light illuminating may mean your brake fluid is running low. The Anti-Lock Brake System requires sufficient brake fluid levels to work correctly. This may indicate a leak

Your car taking longer to brake than normal is a good indication of there being an issue with your brake fluid.

Old brake pads may be a further issue due to them becoming thinner and must be pushed farther to rub against the rotor. The thinner the brake pads, the more brake fluid it takes to fill the callipers and squeeze the brake pads.

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