Mode of vehicular use determines how often to change brake fluid in Toyota and other manufactures too. It is necessary to change brake fluid every two years or 20,000 miles, this applies to all manufactures.
Brake fluid also called the hydraulic fluid is an essential components of vehicle brake system. The brakes functions by transferring the pressure exacted when the brake pedal is pressed down to clamp the brake pads together thereby slowing down the vehicle and even making it stop.
Most modern Toyota vehicles brake system also follow this same principle to apply brakes. The hydraulic brake system is very efficient but it has some flows since it operates based on pressure and hydraulic fluid.
Is a brake fluid flush really necessary in Toyota?
Brake fluid flush is necessary in all hydraulic brake vehicles not only in Toyota cars. Over time, brake fluid gets deteriorated and become contaminated by dirt, debris and flakes from the brake pads.
When brake fluids get contaminated, it looses efficiency and fault in the brake system of Toyota vehicles. Brake fluid exchange or flush is necessary at least every 2 years or 20,000 miles else this could lead to accidents.
Another problem that a contaminated brake fluid can cause is corrosion and rust which can lead to premium damages. Most internal structures of the brake is made of metals, which is vulnerable to corrosion and rust.
Rust on its on can lead to structural damage of the internal metallic structures inside the brake system. Brake fluid flush not done as often as the normal engine oil change but it need close attention.
What happens if u don’t change brake fluid?
If you don’t change brake fluid as required, i can tell you sure that structural damage and brakes inefficiency is just a little out of the problems you could run into.
Inefficient brakes put you as a car owner, vehicle occupants, driver and other vehicles on the road at risk. The brake system could even stop working if there is too much contamination in the brake fluid.
Lack of changing brake fluid could also cause severe damage to properties and life. To avoid unnecessary problems when driving and having problems with law, always have you brake fluid flush as often as required by Toyota.
Corrosion and rust can cause structural damage to your braking system, leading to costly repairs. Regular brake fluid service can prevent these deeper system issues from occurring. Brake fluid flushes are recommended every 30,000 miles or 2 years, depending on your driving and braking patterns.
Can I change brake fluid myself?
No, you may necessarily not be able to change brake fluid all by yourself except if you have the required tool and technical know how. Brake fluid replacement is not just like topping or refilling any vehicle fluids.
A professional touch is needed in other to attain a total and complete brake fluid flush. This is because brake fluid flush is the total removal of old brake fluid and replacing it with new one.
Brake flush is totally different from bleeding as some residue of the old fluid will still be remaining. Flushing is done every 2 years or after every 20,000 miles of travel.
Can I drive with low brake fluid?
Low brake fluid will not stop your vehicles engine working but you will be putting yourself, the vehicle and others at risk. When parts or components of the brake system gets worn-out, the brake would start failing and stop working as expected too.
Some modern day vehicle are even equipped with computers to help notify you when something is wrong with your car’s brake. when ever there is a problem the brake red light on the dishoard comes on.
The computer is just to get your attention to further check the brake system as the exact problem would not be specify. If you ever see the brake alarm lights been on, don’t ignore it and continue driving.
The best thing to do is to park and have a look round the vehicle to see if there is a leak of brake fluid. If there is no visible leaks drive slowly to the nearest mechanic shop for checkup to be on a safer side.
How do I know when my brake fluid needs to be changed?
As brakes fluid gets old, worn-out and deteriorated it makes the brake system becomes more inefficient. Whenever it starts showing this signs, the brake fluid need to be flushed, below are signs and symptoms that helps that indicates that brake fluids needs to be flushed
- Your ABS Light Comes On
- Pedal Problems
- Strange Noises When Braking
- Brake Pads Not Functioning as Well
- A Burning Smell
If you ever noticed any of the following signs or symptoms in your Toyota brake system, make sure you go for Proper brake checks and brake fluid is to be flushed if necessary. If you still have any more questions please ask us using the comment section.