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What Is Brake Fluid and Why Is It Important?

Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid. Your car uses it in order to slow down or stop when you push down on the brake pedal. The pedal pushes a piston, which pushes a caliper. This increases pressure, pushing the fluid against the brake rotors. The rotors bring the pads against the wheel, slowing your car.

Without brake fluid, your car could not stop. It is possible for a slow leak of the fluid to decrease the pressure, resulting in a loss of responsiveness. The fluid degrades over time, necessitating replacement about every two years.

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