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Brake Fluid Flush

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You should be aware of the importance of clean Brake Fluid.

Moisture can build up in the fluid which reduces braking efficiency, increases the corrosion of brake system components and can be the cause of total brake failure.

Clean brake fluid not only protects your safety it also prolongs the life of your braking system components by preventing corrosion.

 

Metcalfe Automotive Centre are qualified to perform a wide range of brake services and repairs using quality parts, all covered by our Nationwide Warranty.


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Click on the questions below to see answers to our FAQ's about Brake Pad Replacements


What's the cost of a Brake System Flush ?

Cost of a brake fluid flush depends on vehicle type, and whether there is other repairs, maintenance or parts required to complete the task. While your vehicle is on the hoist, for your safety we will also check the calipers, wheel cylinders, brake hoses, brake lines, and master cylinder for any faults or signs of wear that need to be addressed and advise you if necessary.

If you would like to know costs - give our friendly staff a call to discuss your car and get a quote. If during the procedure we do notice something that needs extra attention that will affect our quote we will always call you to confirm before proceeding.

Whats involved in a brake fluid flush ?

The car is placed on the hoist and the wheels are removed in preperation, we begin the brake system flush by removing the old fluid from the master cylinder. We fill it back up with fresh new, quality brake fluid of the correct type. Following this, each brake is allowed to 'bleed' out and the new fluid flushes through the system, completely replacing the old. We will also check over the other components of the brake system for any signs of damage or wear that needs attention and advise you if necessary.

A brake fluid flush can be done as part of a scheduled service – but sometimes we might advise you need one outside of a regular schedule if we feel it's necessary. We are always happy to discuss the reasons why with you.

My brake fluid looks fine to me – Why tell me it needs a flush?

Checking your brake fluid colour is good, but don’t rely on it, just because it looks clean – that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. If the brake fluid contains water, its not always noticeable, but it still could make the fluid boil. This boiling causes loss of braking pressure or even sudden and unexpected brake failure. A visual inspection is not always going to tell you if there is dangerous amounts of water in your brake fluid, only a professional boiling point test can tell you this.

 

How often should brake fluid be flushed?

Your vehicle manufacturer will have a recommended shedule, generally its every two years – its important to keep in mind these are guidelines and so it is advised to inspect the condition of your brake fluid on a regular basis.

 

When it comes to Brake Safety - We Don’t stop – So you do when you need to.

At Metcalfe Automotive Centre we offer a full 65 point safety check, upon request, with every full car service which includes a written review of your brake fluid, master cylinder, front and back discs and pads, calipers and cylinders and more. This safety report lets you know if there is immediate or future need for repairs to your vehicle allowing you to be safe or budget in advance.


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