How To Change Brake Fluid
Need to know how to change brake fluid? If you are low on cash or you are extremely independent, you may want to try to change your own brake fluid rather than take your car in to a shop. A car is a precious investment, so you want to make sure that any repairs you make are done correctly. You also want to make sure that you take the proper steps in order to improve your car's longevity. Changing brake fluid is one of the many steps you need to take in order to achieve this. Here's the relatively easy process of changing brake fluid.
In order to change brake fluid, you will need:
- Your car
- A container
- A turkey baster
- Brake fluid
- A towel
- A jack stand
- A floor jack
- Inspect your vehicle. Make sure it is turned off. Check for any leaking fluids or foreign smells to rule out any other issues before continuing.
- Raise your car using a floor jack. Lower the jack until the car rests on the jack stand.
- Open the hood of the car and locate the brake fluid reservoir. This is usually located on the driver's side of the hood. It is normally a frosted-white color and resembles a plastic jar with a rubberized lid.
- Loosen and remove the rubberized cap. Use the turkey baster to empty the contents of the brake fluid reservoir. Use the towel to clean excess liquid and remove any debris present.
- Locate the line on the reservoir that reads "full." Fill the reservoir with new break fluid until it reaches this line.
- Screw the rubberized top back on tightly and close the hood. Raise the car with the floor jack, remove the jack stands, then lower the car with the floor jack.