How to Check Brake Fluid


Are you interested in knowing how to check your car’s brake fluid? Brake fluid is vital to your brakes’ safe and proficient operation. Accordingly, it’s important that it remains clean and filled to the proper level. The following step-by-step guide prepared by our technicians here at Pat Peck Honda is meant to help Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi drivers check their brake fluid in order to ensure just that.

It’s generally recommended that brake fluid is checked about every one to two years or so. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for exactly how often your vehicle’s fluid should be checked as well as what type to use.

Step 1: Locate the Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir

Brake Master Cylinder Reservoir

The brake master cylinder reservoir is likely to be in front of the firewall near the area of the brake pedal in the back of the engine compartment. If you’re having trouble finding it, consult your owner’s manual for its exact location in your vehicle.

Step 2: Check the Fluid Level

These days, most vehicles have a plastic reservoir that you can simply unscrew. If your car is a little older, it might have a metal reservoir. In this case, you’ll have to pry it open with a screwdriver. Before removing the lid in either case, you’ll need to wipe it down with a clean rag to make sure no dirt or debris falls into the brake fluid. If this were to happen, it would render the fluid useless and cause the entire brake system to fail.

Once you get the lid off, you should easily be able to see if the fluid is where it should be by the clearly visible full line. If the fluid is below the full line, you’ll need to refill it. Be careful not to overfill.

Step 3: Inspect the Fluid Color

Inspect Brake Fluid

Healthy brake fluid will take on a brown hue. If your fluid appears to be dark brown or even black, it’ll probably need to be replaced. You’re going to want to have a certified automotive technician take a look, so you can know for sure.

Step 4: The Cleanup

Once you’ve checked the fluid to see that it’s at the correct level and made sure it’s clean and has the right color, carefully replace the lid. Again, see to it that no dirt gets in. If any fluid got onto your rag or any of your articles of clothing throughout the above procedure, these will need to be taken to a toxic waste center to be disposed of responsibly.

Stay Up to Date on Your Car’s Regular Brake Maintenance

If you have any questions about how to check brake fluid, would like to have our experienced technicians perform this important maintenance task, or you’re thinking that it’s time to have your brakes inspected, contact the experts here at Pat Peck Honda. We proudly serve the Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi areas, so schedule your appointment with our service center today!