Should the Brake Fluid Be Flushed Every Time the Brakes Are Replaced?

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While it’s possible to get away with simply topping off your brake fluid with a brake replacement, Replacing the brakes is the ideal time to perform a brake fluid flush. For starters, you or your mechanic is already in position to do a brake flush without a lot of fuss. More importantly, however, any time your brakes are serviced, there is the opportunity for contaminants to make their way into your brake system and, ultimately, in your fluid. Any time your brake fluid is not up to standard, there is a marked increase in the risk of brake failure. Here are some other reasons why you should have a brake fluid flush with every brake replacement:

  • Moisture: When you replace brakes, there is an increased opportunity for moisture in the air to make its way into your brake system. Unfortunately, moisture is your brake’s worst enemy. It causes your brake fluid to chemically break down over time, decreasing the amount of pressure it can create within your lines. It also can rust metal surfaces and components within your system, and the consequent flaking can create clogs.

  • Grit and grime: Impurities like dust from the air or crud from dirty fingers can enter your brake system when you get a brake replacement. This has the potential to clog brake lines or otherwise interfere with fluid flow, which prevents the creation of enough pressure to activate your brakes.

While you may be tempted to try and justify putting off a brake flush when you get a brake replacement, this is one case where you should never cut corners. The minor cost you incur by adding a brake fluid flush to your bill is very little compared to what you risk by not having it done. When having any work done to your brake system, including brake replacement, your system is at risk of accumulating contaminants. This isn’t just something that can clog up the works; it can easily lead to brake failure and endangers you, your loved ones, and everyone else who shares the road with you.

If you want more information about the benefits of having a brake flush when you replace brakes or other advice about your vehicle’s brake system, our mechanics are available for consultations. They will be happy to discuss the finer details about your brake system and make any recommendations for other maintenance or repairs you may require.


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Richard

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Richard
9 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Brake System Flush - Fort Washington, Maryland
Great guy, great service. Though I'm an auto DIY'er for the most part (brakes, rotors, oil changes, etc), he explained the ins and outs of a brake flush and some extra maintenance information that showed his expertise. If Richard and one other mechanic were the only two available mechanics, I'd be completely satisfied.
Chrysler Town & Country - Brake System Flush - Spring, Texas
Richard is amiable, professional, knowledgeable and careful. I was pleased with his work and the outcome.

Chris

16 years of experience
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Chris
16 years of experience
Chevrolet Corvette - Brake System Flush - Houston, Texas
Chris was very friendly and professional. He treated me with kindness and respect. He was exactly what I expected a professional mechanic to be. I took his time and checkes over his work once he completed the job. This was a great experience!
Ford Escape - Brake System Flush - Richmond, Texas
Fantastic service to have someone come to your house and take care of your cares! Chris has worked on two of our cars and we have been extremely satisfied with both jobs. He is professional, timely, and competent. We definitely recommend Chris and will be our first choice next time we need to have our car(s) services.

Guillermo

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Chevrolet Tahoe - Brake System Flush - Las Vegas, Nevada
Awesome and professional. Gave great advice and recommendations for service. I love the guys from Your Mechanics because they do not hustle you into spending more money. Repairs with ease. Females really appreciate this because we are often abused in that area. Thx bunches

Oreste

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Nissan Frontier - Brake System Flush - Miami, Florida
The best ever!!!! Will not use anyone else in future .. very knowledgeable and explained every thing to me .very professional, well spoken .

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