What Color is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid check
 

Cincinnati drivers know that brake fluid is necessary for their vehicle, yet not everyone knows what brake fluid looks like. So, what color is brake fluid and why is it important for your vehicle? At first, your brake fluid appears clear with a yellowish tint, however, as the fluid is used over time, the color and viscosity of the liquid can change dramatically. That’s when it’s time to schedule a service appointment with the certified technicians at Joe Morgan Honda. If you have questions about your vehicle maintenance, reach out to us!
 

 

The Importance of Brake Fluid

When drivers are on Middletown streets, brake fluid is the vital hydraulic fluid that keeps the brake system working smoothly. The fluid keeps the system lubricated so it can avoid corrosion and makes the movement of the brake pedal easier. It’s important for drivers to monitor the levels and the color of the brake fluid because if it becomes too low or contaminated, it could hinder the vehicle’s performance and overall safety on the road.

Checking the Brake Fluid

Not everyone around Lebanon is a DIY car care enthusiast, but drivers interested in the color of their brake fluid can monitor it with a simple process. Drivers with a keen eye can begin to tell what is normal when it comes to their brake fluid and what is not by performing regular checks. This allows drivers to prepare for any problems, so they’re ready when it’s time to schedule service and handle repairs. Follow these simple steps for checking what the brake fluid looks like at home:

  1. Open and secure the hood, and locate the master cylinder to find the brake fluid reservoir.
  2. The minimum and maximum lines on the brake fluid reservoir indicate the proper amount of fluid. It’s time for a top-off when it falls below the minimum mark. Contact the Joe Morgan Honda parts center to find the correct Honda brake fluid.
  3. What color is the brake fluid? When it’s dark or oily, it’s time to flush and replace the fluid.

Different Brake Fluid Types

Along with our understanding of brake fluid colors, you’ll see our team at Joe Morgan Honda can offer details about the different brake fluid types to meet the needs of your vehicle and ensure long-lasting performance. Much of what separates these fluids from one another is their properties and how they affect the temperature of your braking system. Here’s a look at the various brake fluid types as well as the common colors you’ll find them in:

  • DOT 3 Brake fluid: Typically in clear, yellow, blue, and red shades.
  • DOT 4 Brake fluid: Typically in light yellow or crimson red shades.
  • DOT 5 Brake fluid: Typically in purple shades.
  • DOT 5.1 Brake fluid: Typically in clear, yellow, and blue shades.

Dark Brake Fluid Meaning

If you see that you have dark brake fluid in your vehicle’s system, you’ll need to have this flushed out and cleaned so you can replace it. The darker color indicates that it has been absorbing dirt and debris as you drive, as well as water, which can lead to further issues down the road.

Schedule Honda Brake Service at Joe Morgan Honda

Keeping up with Honda brake service is a must for safe driving. How often should you change your brake fluid? Brake fluid service should be performed every three years in your Honda vehicle. How much does brake fluid service cost? Fortunately, bringing your vehicle in for brake fluid replacement is an easy and affordable appointment. It generally will cost between $70 and $120 to flush and replace the brake fluid. Rely on the automotive service experts at Joe Morgan Honda for all of your Honda brake service needs.

Explore Car Care Tips at Joe Morgan Honda!

Now that you have a better idea of what brake fluid looks like and why it’s important, explore other car maintenance tips with Joe Morgan Honda. Explore how often you should rotate your tires, or even how to change your own brake lights. Take the worry out of your car care and trust the certified technicians at the Joe Morgan Honda service center.
 

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5W20 oil $66.99+misc/tax

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Tire rotation, adjust tire pressures to correct psi

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Multipoint inspection

Exterior car wash (weather permitting)

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BRAKE SERVICE $20.00 OFF

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$15.00 WITH FREE INSTALLATION FOR FRONT WIPER INSERTS. ADD $7.00 FOR VEHICLES WITH REAR WIPER.

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DID YOU KNOW THAT APPROX 70% OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TODAY ARE OUT OF ALIGNMENT?
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Service includes: Oil and filter change, tire rotation, brake inspection, clean and adjust brakes, brake fluid change, transmission fluid change, engine air filter replacement, passenger compartment filter replacement, multi-point inspection, exterior car wash. Vehicles requiring 3.1 transmission fluid add $220.00, AWD vehicles additional charge for service 6 (rear differential fluid change).

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We will perform a battery test at no charge and provide you with the results.  If your battery needs to be replaced we offer:

Genuine Honda Batteries Starting at $169.95+misc/tax. installed with a 100 month warranty through Honda.

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Free replacement for 36 months, then prorated for the remainder of the 100 months.  Prices vary by Model.

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