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After I got back from my study abroad program, I could tell that my younger sister hadn't heeded my request to "drive safely." Instead, it looked like she had done some severe off-roading in my car, which was really frustrating. My car was all banged up, and I knew that I needed a little help to get things back into working order. I started researching different automotive businesses in the area, and I was able to find a place that I felt comfortable working with. They took my car, talked with me about how I wanted it to look, and got to work. This blog is all about repairing car damage.

Don'T Ignore These Brake Fluid Leak Symptoms

When was the last time you checked your car's brake fluid level? You don't need to change brake fluid as often as many other fluids in your vehicle, but it can become contaminated or run low.

Brake fluid contamination happens when brake fluid comes into contact with dirt, air, and moisture. Contaminated brake fluid will need to be flushed to remove all unwanted elements. On the other hand, low brake fluid indicates the presence of leaks in the braking system. If left unchecked, these leaks can cause brake failure.

Here is how to recognize if you have a brake fluid leak in your vehicle.

There Is A Puddle Underneath Your Car

Finding a puddle of liquid under your car is not a good sign, as it indicates that some essential working fluid is leaking from the vehicle. Check the brake fluid reservoir to determine the brake fluid level.

If the brake fluid appears low – has fallen below the minimum threshold, you have brake leaks.

The Brake Warning Light Comes On

If you drive a modern car, you know you should never ignore the warning lights on your vehicle's dashboard. These lights illuminate to let you know when something is wrong. Your brake warning light has a fluid level sensor that activates it when you are low on brake fluid. If this light turns on while you are driving, get your brakes checked for leaks.

The Brake Pedal Feels Spongy 

When your brakes are functioning well, the brake pedal should feel firm when you press it down. Over time, different factors can cause it to feel spongy (lose its usual firmness) and affect your braking ability. 

Brake fluid leaks are one of those factors. To confirm or rule this out, you should immediately get the vehicle checked.

Car Takes Longer Than Usual To Brake

The brake fluid in your car is essential to generate the hydraulic pressure necessary for smooth braking operation.

If the vehicle lacks sufficient brake fluid, you may experience increased stopping distances when you press down on the brake pedal. The decline in braking power can create dangerous situations for you, your passengers, and other road users.  

If your brakes are taking too long to slow down or halt your vehicle, check your brake fluid.

If you suspect your car is running low on brake fluid, get it checked and fixed before big, expensive problems happen. Visit your local auto mechanic shop for all your brake repair needs.