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What Color is Brake Fluid?

As a car-owner, you understand the importance of taking care of your Nissan so it can run safely and smoothly throughout Houston. While changing engine oil and checking tire tread depth may be common sense, did you know that inspecting your brake fluid is also a vital element of your maintenance? So, what should you be looking for? And what color is brake fluid? Refer to the following guide to learn more about brake fluid and what its various coloring could indicate!

What Does Brake Fluid Look Like? 

Healthy brake fluid— whether your vehicle takes a glycol-based DOT3 and DOT4 or silicon-based DOT5— should be nearly clear with just a hint of yellow tint to it. So, upon inspecting your brake fluid, it should appear almost clear in the reservoir just as it would when it initially comes out of the bottle. While you are taking a look under the hood to see about the brake fluid color, be sure to also check the brake fluid level and for any brake fluid leaks. 

Bad brake fluid will be brown or black. Most brake fluid darkens after five years or so in most modern cars. This dark coloring is an indication that your brake fluid has worked hard throughout Pearland streets, collecting grime and debris and is now ready to be replaced. Contact our South Houston Nissan service department to schedule a brake fluid flush conducted quickly and professionally by a member of our factory-trained Nissan service team!

Why is Brake Fluid Important?

Brake fluid circulates through your vehicle’s system to lubricate parts and prevent corrosion. Additionally, your brake fluid transfers the force from your brake pedals directly to the wheel hub to safely bring your vehicle to a stop. Over time, this process wears on the brake fluid and it will consequently darken to indicate its deterioration so you know it needs to be changed. That is why knowing what color is brake fluid supposed to be is important— because healthy brake fluid is vital to your safety and your Nissan vehicle’s performance out on Pasadena roads. 

Get More Service Tips from South Houston Nissan

So, what does brake fluid look like in your vehicle right now? Give it a look and if it is darker than clear with a bit of yellow, contact us today to schedule a service appointment or learn how to bleed your brakes at home. For more tips and tricks to keep your Nissan model running optimally throughout Deer Park, browse our online resources!

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