What Color is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid check


You probably know what brake fluid is and the role it plays, but you may not know exactly what brake fluid looks like. What color is brake fluid? What does brake fluid look like? Freshly changed brake fluid is clear with a slightly yellowish tint. Over time, though, the color and consistency of the brake fluid will change. You’ll then need to schedule a service visit to get it changed to avoid issues. In the meantime, you can learn more about brake fluid basics below, courtesy of our service team!&



What Does Brake Fluid Do?&

Essentially, brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that keeps your Kia vehicle’s brake system working as it should. The brake fluid helps the brake pedal move smoothly, so you can apply the brakes and lift the pedal without issue. Additionally, brake fluid keeps the brake system lubricated and prevents corrosion. If the brake fluid level gets too low, or if it becomes dirty, your car’s safety can become compromised, and you could be putting yourself, your passengers, and others on the road at risk.

How Do I Check My Brake Fluid?

If you don’t have much experience working on your car, it’s best to leave it to the professionals like the certified technicians at Auffenberg Kia’s service center. However, if you’re used to performing simple service tasks on your car, you can probably handle checking your own brake fluid. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to check your brake fluid level:&

  1. Open the hood, and locate the master cylinder. There, you’ll find your brake fluid reservoir. If you have trouble finding it, refer to your owner’s manual for guidance.
  2. Make sure the fluid falls between the minimum and maximum lines. If the fluid level is under the minimum line, it’s time to bring it to a service center for a top-off.&
  3. Examine the color of your vehicle’s brake fluid. If the brake fluid is dark or oily in consistency, the fluid will need to be flushed and replaced.&

Get Expert Brake Service at Auffenberg Kia

Does your car need brake service? The service center at Auffenberg Kia is here to help! We offer second-to-none Kia service in and around the Shiloh area. Contact us with any questions about our brake services, or schedule a service appointment online. Before you schedule, be sure to browse our service specials for great opportunities to save on your next service visit! You can also review our service tips hub to learn more about topics like how to check car oil and how to keep an unused car healthy.


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