What is a brake fluid leakage inspection?

During a break fluid leakage inspection, a mechanic will inspect the entirety of your brake system. This includes: 
  • The master cylinder
  • Drums
  • Brake lines
  • Calipers
  • Other components as needed
They will also check the trouble codes in your vehicle’s computer to check if the ABS light has been set off by the brake fluid level sensor and is on.
Your mechanic will then provide a detailed inspection report, including whether or not your brake fluid is leaking and the possible scope and cost of repairs.

How do I know if I need to get my brake fluid inspected?

There are a few signs to take notice of when looking for a brake fluid leakage:
  • Your brake warning light on your dashboard turns on. This should be the first thing you notice—and if you do, it’s recommended that you stop driving as soon as possible and get your brake fluid checked out.
  • Your brake pedal feels soft or spongy when you press down on it. Air may have mixed with the brake fluid through a leak and isn’t flowing correctly.
  • This might also lead to your brake pedal moving all the way down when pressing on it.
  • Keep an eye out for any visible puddles beneath your car, especially around your wheel. Brake fluid is colorless, but the more fluid that is visible, the less you’ll actually have in your system.
The worst possible symptom of a brake fluid leakage is your brakes failing and you not being able to stop. This shouldn’t happen without you noticing the signs mentioned above—so be sure to stay vigilant and keep an eye out for the warning signs.

How important is it to guarantee my brake fluid isn’t leaking?

Without a brake system operating correctly, your car is not safe—or legal—to drive
The brakes will not work if the fluid level falls below a specific level. This can lead to a car accident resulting in serious damages, financial stress, and bodily harm.
It's critical to have your brake system evaluated as part of routine maintenance and to keep an eye on the reservoir fluid level. Any leaks should be inspected and corrected immediately.

Tips for a brake fluid leakage inspection

There are a few common reasons for your brake fluid to be leaking. Keeping them in mind can help you figure out whether or not you might have a possible leak:
  • Worn brake pads
  • Damaged master cylinder reservoir
  • Damaged brake line
  • Damaged bleeder valve
  • Failed piston seal
  • Failed wheel cylinder
Many of these causes are due to wear and tear over time—so the older your car, the more likely you are to experience a brake fluid leakage.

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