Fairburn Auto Repair

What Are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Your car's brake fluid is one of your vehicle's most critical braking system components. When your car's brake fluid is low, your brake system is at risk of failing. The low level of brake fluid could result from many different factors. For example, it could be a symptom of a more significant problem with your car's brake system. Here are signs that may mean your car's brake fluid is low.

Your Brakes Are Slipping

If your brakes are feeling spongy, they may be losing grip. You may experience a much heavier feel when you press on the brake pedal when this happens. This signifies that your brake fluid level is low.

Your Wheels Are Spongy

A spongy feeling to your brakes could signify a low brake fluid level. A spongy feel to your brakes could also suggest that your brake pads need to be replaced.

Your Brakes fluid is dirty.

Dirty brake fluid could indicate a leaky brake caliper. If your brake fluid is dirty, you should have it inspected as soon as possible. Dirty brake fluid could be the result of a contaminated vacuum. Always have your brakes inspected if your brake fluid is rusty or yellow.

You get a warning light.

Your dashboard's low brake fluid light could indicate a low level. The brake pads are damaged, or your brake fluid is dirty.

There's a Burning Smell

A burning smell coming from the brakes could signify that your brake fluid is low. If you're not sure where the odor is coming from, you may want your car inspected.

The importance of brake fluid

Brake fluid works as a lubricant by reducing friction between the brake pads and the rotor. This allows the brakes to stop the car quickly and with less force. Brake fluid also has an anti-freezing function. When the brake fluid freezes, this prevents the brake pads from freezing, which prevents the brake pads from becoming damaged. Finally, brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air, preventing rust.


Your car's braking system is vital for keeping you and other drivers safe. if you believe you have low brake fluid, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Gowen's Automotive Repairs today!

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