Do I Need a Brake Fluid Flush?

The braking system serves the vital role of helping you slow down and stop your vehicle. Most of the time, it is a hydraulic system that transmits pressure once you apply pressure onto the brake pedal. The harder you press, the quicker your vehicle will be able to slow down. None of this can happen without the brake fluid.


Brake fluid is the substance that sends the pressure to engage your brakes. It also lubricates the moving parts and protects them against corrosion. When problems with the brake fluid occur, your entire braking system will become less effective. You’ll need to bleed or flush the fluid to restore its performance. 

Brake Bleeding vs Brake Fluid Flush

Bleeding the Brakes – If your brake pedals feel spongy or loose, it usually calls for bleeding of the brakes. Air is brake fluid’s worst enemy. Brake bleeding service is the process of removing any trapped air within the system using a bleed screw.

Brake Flush – The brake flush is a more involved and effective process because it takes the bleeding process further. Using a state-of-the-art fluid flush machine, a professional will flush out your brake fluid and add new fluid into the system. As a result, your vehicle will have new and fresh fluid to ensure optimal brake performance.

Signs You Need a Brake Fluid Flush

  • Brake fluid is dark, discolored, and/or contaminated
  • Spongy brake pedals
  • Difficult to stop
  • Low brake fluid
  • Dashboard warning light comes on

Austin’s Automotive Specialist is a trusted source for honest and quality brake services. If you're noticing any of the troubling braking symptoms, please feel free to give us a call or visit soon.