We often don’t think about brake fluid until something goes wrong. But your brake fluid works hard every day to keep you safe while you’re driving. Over time, it can burn out, run out, or get dirty, which will stop the brakes from working right. Keep an eye out for these 5 signs that it’s time to flush your brake fluid.
1. The brake pedal is soft, bouncy, or spongy
Does your brake pedal feel soft, spongy, loose, or even bouncy when you press on it? Do you have to push the brake pedal all the way down for the car to slow down and stop? This is a sign that you need to change the brake fluid.
If you don’t have enough brake fluid, air will fill the gaps in your brake lines. This will make your brakes feel soft. Squishy brake pedals can be scary and dangerous, especially if you don’t get them fixed as soon as you notice something is wrong.