Brake System Flush
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Braking systems aren't indestructible.
Parts, like the rubber in the valves in the master cylinder, calipers and wheel cylinders deteriorate. All the nasty little bits that flake off end up in your brake fluid. Plus, the fluid itself can get old and worn out. Moisture can also get in the system. Brake fluid is glycol based, therefore it absorbs and attracts water or moisture. The master cylinder is vented to the atmosphere and there is humidity in the atmosphere. The brake fluid draws this moisture in causing brake fluid contamination, which leads to rust, which leads to more nasty bits in your brake fluid. All this adds up to a brake system with compromised effectiveness and decreased stopping power.
Think of it this way.
You wouldn't skip changing your car's engine oil, right? It's the lifeblood of your engine, and when it gets contaminated by impurities, you put the entire engine at risk. It's the same with brake fluid. Let it get dirty and you won't be able to stop as well. So while it may not seem like a big deal when you're standing at the service desk and the mechanic asks if you want him to flush your brakes, but when you're careening down that mountain road, you'll understand why it's an important part of vehicle maintenance.
A good rule of thumb is to have your brakes flushed about every 30,000 miles (48,280 kilometers) or so.
Note that brake flushing and bleeding the brakes are two different procedures. Brake flushing involves removing all the brake fluid from the system and getting all-new, clean fluid inside. Brake bleeding just means removing enough brake fluid to get air bubbles out of the brake lines. So, make sure you get your brakes flushed regularly.
And, if you ever notice your car or truck has decreased stopping power, have it inspected by one of our certified mechanics right away -- even if you're not planning a drive in the mountains.