How To Check Car Brake Fluid

Learning how to check brake fluid is an essential part of maintaining your Porsche vehicle. Along with replacing your brake pads and rotors, replacing or topping off brake fluid can help keep your car running smoothly between scheduled service visits. Best of all, you can do it at home in Lakeway. Find out how with this guide from the service team at Porsche Austin.



What is Brake Fluid?

Pressing the brake pedal in your car engages the hydraulic system, creating enough pressure to bring your vehicle to a stop. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that lubricates the writer braking system and prevents corrosion. You need to check your brake fluid levels and quality regularly. What color is brake fluid normally? We’ll get into that in the following section.

How to Check Brake Fluid: Step-by-Step

Checking your brake fluid is quick and easy, but you will need the proper safety equipment to add more fluid to the reservoir. Brake fluid is highly toxic and can damage your Porsche vehicle’s exterior paint, so be sure to have gloves, safety glasses, and clean-up materials handy. Here’s how to check brake fluid properly:

  1. Open the hood and find the brake fluid reservoir. In most vehicles, it’s under a plastic cover on the driver’s side and will likely be labeled “brake”. Check your owner’s manual or give us a call if you’re not sure what to look for.
  2. The reservoir is marked for minimum and maximum brake fluid levels. If the brake fluid is at or under the minimum line, you can either schedule brake fluid service or replace your own brake fluid at home in Round Rock.
  3. While you check brake fluid levels, take a look at the color and consistency to determine if it’s time for new fluid. Fluid that is brown or black in color, or contains floating debris, should be replaced.
  4. To top off your brake fluid, simply unscrew the reservoir cap and add more.

What Color is Brake Fluid Supposed to Be?

What color is brake fluid when it’s due for replacement? Fresh brake fluid is clear with a yellowish tint. As it ages, brake fluid takes on a motor-oil-like brownish or black color, and may pick up stray dirt and debris.

Find Expert Porsche Maintenance in Austin

Wondering why your car is leaking water or overheating? Reach out to the service team at Porsche Austin, or schedule service to find out. Be sure to check out our rotating selection of service specials for drivers in the Bee Cave area! Be sure to learn more with our guide to the Austin Greenbelt!”

Brake Repair Special
$100 Off


Get $100 off Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement

• Install genuine Porsche brake pads

• Inspect calipers and hardware

• Inspect lines and hoses

• Perform road test

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Please present coupon when service order is written.

EXPIRES: 08/31/2022
Track Inspection and Brake Flush Special

Track inspection and Brake Flush Perform Vehicle Safety Track inspection Perform Brake Flush Perform Multipoint Inspection

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Buy 2 Tires Get Alignment for $299.95
Regular Price $399.95 to $449.95

Alignment $299.95 with the purchase of two or more tires.


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Porsche Club Discount
10% off Labor

Porsche Club of America members who display their current membership card at the time of write-up will enjoy a 10% discount on the labor charges for their repair, up to a maximum of $400 savings. We recognize you have a choice when servicing your Porsche and appreciate your loyalty to Porsche Austin.

This is a discount for displaying your current PCA membership card, NOT for being a PCA member. YOUR valid membership card MUST be displayed to receive discount. Put it in your wallet, purse, or glovebox...just make sure you bring it when you come see us! Discount may not exceed $400 per service visit. This coffer cannot be combined with any other coupons or discounts.

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