How Often Do I Need a Brake Fluid Flush?

Brake fluid tends to be put on the back burner when it comes to vehicle fluids. We often don’t consider the condition or level of brake fluid until something goes wrong with our vehicle’s stopping power. Little do people know that brake fluid is working everyday to keep our cars safe. Over time, the fluid can become deteriorated, contaminated, or even leaky. For instance, moisture can leak into the system. Whenever your brake fluid breaks down, you should have your brake fluid flushed. 


Unlike your oil changes, brake fluid exchange intervals can vary. It depends on the type of brake fluid, your braking habits, and the conditions you operate your vehicle in. For instance, if you are harsh on your brakes and sit in constant stop-and-go traffic, you may require them more frequently. On average, brake fluid flushes should be done every several years.

What Are the Signs of Bad Brake Fluid?

  • ABS light illuminated - While the ABS light is linked to your anti-lock braking system, it can come on when you have low brake fluid. 
  • Spongy or soft brake pedal - If your pedal goes to the floor, this is a clear sign that your brake fluid has gone bad. 
  • Ineffective brake performance - When your car’s brakes are slow to respond, it may mean that your safety is at stake. Low or ineffective brake fluid is a common culprit.
  • Strange braking sounds - Scraping and grinding sounds are often linked to a lubrication issue in the braking system. And if these sounds accompany a burnt smell, please be sure to pull over.

If your vehicle is due for brake service or repairs, please stop by Bimmer Motor Specialists today. Our brake repair specialists would be glad to help you out!