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Brakes - Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere and under heavy continuous brake application can reach temperatures that boil the moisture in the brake fluid, and you get brake failure

Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the atmosphere over time, and under heavy braking, high temperatures can cause this moisture to boil, leading to brake failure. Regularly testing brake fluid for moisture contamination and replacing it when necessary is crucial for maintaining safe braking performance. Don't let contaminated brake fluid compromise your safety—keep it fresh and moisture-free for reliable braking.

Brake fluid serves as the lifeblood of your vehicle's braking system, facilitating the transfer of force from the brake pedal to the brake components. However, over time, brake fluid can become contaminated with moisture from the surrounding atmosphere. This moisture absorption occurs gradually but can have significant consequences, especially under heavy braking conditions.

During periods of intense or continuous braking, such as when driving downhill or towing heavy loads, the temperatures within the braking system can rise substantially. These elevated temperatures can cause the absorbed moisture in the brake fluid to reach its boiling point, forming vapor bubbles within the fluid. This phenomenon, known as vapor lock, creates pockets of gas that compress under pressure, resulting in a spongy brake pedal feel and reduced braking effectiveness. In severe cases, vapor lock can lead to complete brake failure, posing a serious safety risk.

To mitigate the risk of brake fluid contamination and vapor lock, it's essential to conduct regular testing for moisture content in the brake fluid. Testing can be performed using specialised equipment during routine vehicle servicing, allowing for early detection of moisture buildup before it compromises braking performance. If moisture levels exceed recommended thresholds, it's crucial to replace the brake fluid promptly to maintain safe braking operation.

Don't underestimate the importance of maintaining clean and moisture-free brake fluid. By prioritising regular testing and replacement of contaminated brake fluid, you can ensure reliable braking performance and safety on the road. Don't let contaminated brake fluid compromise your safety—keep it fresh and moisture-free for dependable braking in any driving situation.

Trust Abbotts Auto Care to safeguard against brake failure caused by moisture contamination and high temperatures in brake fluid, providing comprehensive maintenance for your vehicle's braking system.

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